Matthew 21:31-41 (New International Version)

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31 "Which of the two did what his father wanted?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors1 and the prostitutes2 are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness,3 and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors4 and the prostitutes5 did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent6 and believe him.

The Parable of the Tenants

21:33-46pp -- Mk 12:1-12; Lk 20:9-19

33 "Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted7 a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower.8 Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey.9 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants10 to the tenants to collect his fruit. 35 "The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.11 36 Then he sent other servants12 to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37 Last 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.13 Come, let's kill him14 and take his inheritance.'15 39 So 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,"16 they replied, "and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants,17 who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time."
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