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Mark 12:1-12

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'?"
12 And 23they were seeking to arrest him 24but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they 25left him and went away.
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