He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, "They will respect my son.'
But those tenants said to one another, "This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others.
Have you not read this scripture: "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; a11
this was the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes'?"
When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away.
Then they sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said.
And they came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?
Should we pay them, or should we not?" But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, "Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me see it."
And they brought one. Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered, "The emperor's."
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