Jesus spoke to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the winepress, and built a tower. Then he rented it to tenant farmers and took a trip. 2When it was time, he sent a servant to collect from the tenants his share of the fruit of the vineyard. 3But they grabbed the servant, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. 4Again the landowner sent another servant to them, but they struck him on the head and treated him disgracefully. 5He sent another one; that one they killed. The landlord sent many other servants, but the tenants beat some and killed others. 6Now the landowner had one son whom he loved dearly. He sent him last, thinking, They will respect my son. 7But those tenant farmers said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' 8They grabbed him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9
"So what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.10 Haven't you read this scripture, The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.11The Lord has done this, and it's amazing in our eyes?"a12
They wanted to arrest Jesus because they knew that he had told the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd, so they left him and went away.