Mark 12:1-9 NIV

The Parable of the Tenants

1 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.

References for Mark 12:1

2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.
3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully.
5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.
6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

References for Mark 12:6

7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’
8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.

Study tools for Mark 12:1-9

  • a 12:11 - Psalm 118:22,23
  • b 12:14 - A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens
  • c 12:23 - Some manuscripts "resurrection, when people rise from the dead,"
  • d 12:26 - Exodus 3:6
  • e 12:29 - Or "The Lord our God is one Lord"
  • f 12:30 - Deut. 6:4,5
  • g 12:31 - Lev. 19:18
  • h 12:36 - Psalm 110:1