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Matthew 21:33-44 (New International Version)

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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 planted1 a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower.2 Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey.3 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants4 to the tenants to collect his fruit. 35 "The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.5 36 Then he sent other servants6 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.7 Come, let's kill him8 and take his inheritance.'9 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,"10 they replied, "and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants,11 who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time." 42 Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: " 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstonea; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'b ?12 43 "Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you13 and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed."c14
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