Matthew 21:33-45

The Parable of the Tenants

33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.
34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.
36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.
37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’
39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”
41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “ ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’[a] ?
43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.
44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”[b]
45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them.

Cross References 14

  • 1. Psalms 80:8
  • 2. Isaiah 5:1-7
  • 3. Matthew 25:14,15
  • 4. Matthew 22:3
  • 5. 2 Chronicles 24:21; Matthew 23:34,37; Hebrews 11:36,37
  • 6. Matthew 22:4
  • 7. Hebrews 1:2
  • 8. S Matthew 12:14
  • 9. Psalms 2:8
  • 10. Matthew 8:11,12
  • 11. S Acts 13:46; Acts 18:6; Acts 28:28
  • 12. Psalms 118:22,23; S Acts 4:11; 1 Peter 2:7
  • 13. Matthew 8:12
  • 14. S Luke 2:34

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Psalm 118:22,23
  • [b]. Some manuscripts do not have verse 44.
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