34When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants1 to the tenants to collect his fruit.35"The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.236Then he sent other servants3 to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.37Last of all, he sent his son to them. 'They will respect my son,' he said.38"But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, 'This is the heir.4 Come, let's kill him5 and take his inheritance.'639So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.40"Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?"41
"He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,"7 they replied, "and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants,8 who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time."