Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: â€œHear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, â€œThey will respect my son.â€™ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, â€˜This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.â€™ They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?â€ They answered him, â€œHe will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.â€ Jesus said to them, â€œDid you never read in the scriptures: â€˜The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyesâ€™? Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for 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.