Jesus said: â€˜Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, â€œThey will respect my son.â€ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, â€œThis is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.â€ So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?â€™ They said to him, â€˜He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.â€™
Jesus said to them, â€˜Have you never read in the scriptures:
â€œThe stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lordâ€™s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyesâ€?
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.