9 He began to tell the people this parable: A man planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went to another country for a long time.
10When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants in order that they might give him his share of the produce of the vineyard; but the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11Next he sent another slave; that one also they beat and insulted and sent away empty-handed.
12And he sent yet a third; this one also they wounded and threw out.
13Then the owner of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.
14But when the tenants saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance may be ours.
15So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others. When they heard this, they said, Heaven forbid!
17But he looked at them and said, What then does this text mean:
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone?*
18Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls. 19When the scribes and chief priests realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to lay hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people.
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10 February 2011