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Matthew 21:33-46

ESV 33 "Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. MSG 33 "Here's another story. Listen closely. There was once a man, a wealthy farmer, who planted a vineyard. He fenced it, dug a winepress, put up a watchtower, then turned it over to the farmhands and went off on a trip. ESV 34 When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. MSG 34 When it was time to harvest the grapes, he sent his servants back to collect his profits. ESV 35 And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. MSG 35 "The farmhands grabbed the first servant and beat him up. The next one they murdered. They threw stones at the third but he got away. ESV 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. MSG 36 The owner tried again, sending more servants. They got the same treatment. ESV 37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' MSG 37 The owner was at the end of his rope. He decided to send his son. 'Surely,' he thought, 'they will respect my son.' ESV 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.' MSG 38 "But when the farmhands saw the son arrive, they rubbed their hands in greed. 'This is the heir! Let's kill him and have it all for ourselves.' ESV 39 And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. MSG 39 They grabbed him, threw him out, and killed him. ESV 40 When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" MSG 40 "Now, when the owner of the vineyard arrives home from his trip, what do you think he will do to the farmhands?" ESV 41 They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons." MSG 41 "He'll kill them - a rotten bunch, and good riddance," they answered. "Then he'll assign the vineyard to farmhands who will hand over the profits when it's time." ESV 42 Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: "'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? MSG 42 Jesus said, "Right - and you can read it for yourselves in your Bibles: The stone the masons threw out is now the cornerstone. This is God's work; we rub our eyes, we can hardly believe it! ESV 43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. MSG 43 "This is the way it is with you. God's kingdom will be taken back from you and handed over to a people who will live out a kingdom life. ESV 44 And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him." MSG 44 Whoever stumbles on this Stone gets shattered; whoever the Stone falls on gets smashed." ESV 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. MSG 45 When the religious leaders heard this story, they knew it was aimed at them. ESV 46 And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet. MSG 46 They wanted to arrest Jesus and put him in jail, but, intimidated by public opinion, they held back. Most people held him to be a prophet of God.