The Parable of the Vineyard Owner

12 He(A) began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard,(B) put a fence around it, dug out a pit for a winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went away. At harvest time he sent(C) a servant(D) to the farmers to collect some of the fruit(E) of the vineyard from them. But they took him, beat(F) him, and sent him away empty-handed.(G) Again he sent another servant to them, and they[a] hit him on the head and treated him shamefully.[b] Then he sent another, and they killed that one. He also sent many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He still had one to send, a beloved(H) son. Finally(I) he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenant farmers said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner[c](J) of the vineyard do? He will come and kill the farmers and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this Scripture:(K)

The(L) stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.(M)
11 This came about from the Lord(N)
and is wonderful in our eyes?”[d]

12 They were looking for a way to arrest him but feared the crowd because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. So they left him and went away.

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Footnotes

  1. 12:4 Other mss add threw stones and
  2. 12:4 Other mss add and sent him off
  3. 12:9 Or lord
  4. 12:10–11 Ps 118:22–23

The Parable of the Vineyard Owner

Now(A) he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard,(B) leased it to tenant farmers, and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the farmers so that they might give him some fruit from the vineyard. But the farmers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent yet another servant, but they beat that one too, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third, but they wounded this one too and threw him out.

13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my beloved(C) son. Perhaps[a] they will respect him.’

14 “But when the tenant farmers saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, ‘This is the heir. Let’s kill him, so that the inheritance will be ours.’(D) 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill(E) those farmers and give the vineyard to others.”

But when they heard this they said, “That must never happen!” (F)

17 But he looked at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of this Scripture:[b](G)

The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone?[c](H)

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but on whomever it falls, it will shatter him.”(I)

19 Then the scribes and the chief priests(J) looked for a way to get their hands on him(K) that very hour, because they knew he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.(L)

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Footnotes

  1. 20:13 Other mss add when they see him
  2. 20:17 Lit “What then is this that is written
  3. 20:17 Ps 118:22

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