Mark 12:1-11

The Parable of the Tenants

1 1And he began to speak to them in parables. "A man planted 2a vineyard 3and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and 4leased it to tenants and 5went into another country.
2 When the season came, he sent a servanta to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.
3 6And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
4 7Again 8he sent to them another servant, and 9they struck him on the head and 10treated him shamefully.
5 11And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed.
6 He had still one other, 12a beloved son. 13Finally he sent him to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'
7 But those tenants said to one another, 14'This is the heir. Come, 15let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
8 And they took him and killed him and 16threw him out of the vineyard.
9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? 17He will 18come and destroy the tenants and 19give the vineyard to others.
10 20Have you not read 21this Scripture: 22"'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;b
11 this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"
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