Then Jesus spoke to them in parables: "Once there was a man who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a hole for the wine press, and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to tenants and left home on a trip. 1
When the time came to gather the grapes, he sent a slave to the tenants to receive from them his share of the harvest.
The tenants grabbed the slave, beat him, and sent him back without a thing.
Then the owner sent another slave; the tenants beat him over the head and treated him shamefully.
The owner sent another slave, and they killed him; and they treated many others the same way, beating some and killing others.
The only one left to send was the man's own dear son. Last of all, then, he sent his son to the tenants. "I am sure they will respect my son,' he said.
But those tenants said to one another, "This is the owner's son. Come on, let's kill him, and his property will be ours!'
So they grabbed the son and killed him and threw his body out of the vineyard.
"What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do?" asked Jesus. "He will come and kill those tenants and turn the vineyard over to others.
Surely you have read this scripture? 2 "The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all.
This was done by the Lord; what a wonderful sight it is!' "