23And when he was comeinto the temple, the chief priestsand the elders of the peoplecame unto him as he was teaching , and said , Bywhatauthority doest thou these things?andwhogavetheethisauthority?24AndJesusanswered and said unto them, I also will askyouonething,whichif ye tellme, I in like wise will tellyoubywhatauthority I do these things.25The baptism of John,whence was it ? fromheaven,orofmen?And they reasonedwiththemselves,saying , If we shall say , Fromheaven; he will say unto us,Why did yenotthenbelievehim?26Butif we shall say , Ofmen; we fear the people;forallholdJohnas a prophet.27And they answeredJesus, and said , We cannottell . Andhesaid unto them,NeithertellIyoubywhatauthority I do these things.28Butwhatthinkye? A certain manhadtwosons;and he came to the first, and said , Son,gowork to dayinmyvineyard.29He answered and said , I willnot:butafterward he repented , and went . 30And he came to the second, and saidlikewise.And he answered and said , I go, sir:andwentnot.31Whetherof them twaindid the will of his father? They say unto him, The first.Jesussaith unto them,Verily I say unto you,That the publicansand the harlotsgointo the kingdom of Godbeforeyou.32ForJohncameuntoyouin the way of righteousness,and ye believedhimnot:but the publicansand the harlotsbelievedhim:andye, when ye had seen it, repentednotafterward, that ye might believehim.33Hearanotherparable: There was a certainhouseholder,whichplanted a vineyard,andhedgedit round about , anddigged a winepressinit,andbuilt a tower,andletitout to husbandmen,and went into a far country :34Andwhen the time of the fruit drew near , he senthisservantsto the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.35And the husbandmentookhisservants, and beatone , andkilledanother,andstonedanother.36Again, he sentotherservantsmore than the first:and they did unto themlikewise.37But last of all he sentuntothemhisson,saying , They will reverencemyson.38But when the husbandmensaw the son, they saidamongthemselves,Thisis the heir;come , let us killhim,and let us seize on hisinheritance.39And they caughthim, and cast him out of the vineyard,andslew him.40When the lordtherefore of the vineyardcometh , what will he do unto thosehusbandmen?41
They say unto him, He will miserablydestroythose wicked men,and will let out his vineyard unto otherhusbandmen,which shall renderhim the fruitsintheirseasons.42Jesussaith unto them,Did yeneverreadin the scriptures, The stonewhich the buildersrejected , the same is become the head of the corner:thisis the Lord'sdoing , and it ismarvellousinoureyes?43ThereforesayI unto you , The kingdom of God shall be takenfromyou,andgiven to a nation bringing forth the fruitsthereof.44And whosoever shall fallonthisstone shall be broken : butonwhomsoeverit shall fall , it will grindhim to powder .45And when the chief priestsandPharisees had heardhisparables, they perceivedthat he spakeofthem.46But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude,because they tookhimfor a prophet.