Mark 12:1-12 NIV

The Parable of the Tenants

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

1 He then began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard.1 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 went away on a journey.

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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,2 saying, 'They will respect my son.'

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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.
10 Haven't you read this scripture: " 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstonea;3

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    • a 12:10 - Or "cornerstone"
      11 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'b ?"4

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      12 Then they looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd;5 so they left him and went away.6

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