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The Parable of the Vineyard and the Tenants Mt.21.33-46

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33Ἀλλην παραβολὴν ἀκούσατε. Ἄνθρωπος ἦν οἰκοδεσπότης ὁστις ἐφύτευσεν ἀμπελῶνα καὶ φραγμὸν αὐτῷ περιέθηκεν καὶ ὤρυξεν ἐν αὐτῷ ληνὸν καὶ ᾠκοδόμησεν πύργον, καὶ ἐξέδετο αὐτὸν γεωργοῖς, καὶ ἀπεδήμησεν. 'Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard: he put a wall round it, hewed out a winepress, and built a watch-tower; then he let it out to vine-growers and went abroad.The Parable of the Vineyard and the Tenants Mt.21.33-46 | Mk.12.1-12 | Lk.20.9-19
34ὅτε δὲ ἠγγισεν ὁ καιρὸς τῶν καρπῶν, ἀπέστειλεν τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ πρὸς τοὺς γεωργοὺς λαβεῖν τοὺς καρποὺς αὐτοῦ. When the vintage season approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect the produce due to him. 
35καὶ λαβόντες οἱ γεωργοὶ τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ ὃν μὲν ἐδειραν, ὃν δὲ ἀπέκτειναν, ὃν δὲ ἐλιθοβόλησαν. But they took his servants and thrashed one, murdered another, and stoned a third. 
36πάλιν ἀπέστειλεν ἀλλους δούλους πλείονας τῶν πρώτων, καὶ ἐποίησαν αὐτοῖς ὡσαύτως. Again, he sent other servants, this time a larger number; and they did the same to them. 
37ὑστερον δὲ ἀπέστειλεν πρὸς αὐτοὺς τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ λέγων, Ἐντραπήσονται τὸν υἱόν μου. At last he sent to them his son. "They will respect my son", he said. 
38οἱ δὲ γεωργοὶ ἰδόντες τὸν υἱὸν εἶπον ἐν ἑαυτοῖς, Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ κληρονόμος· δεῦτε ἀποκτείνωμεν αὐτὸν καὶ σχῶμεν τὴν κληρονομίαν αὐτοῦ. But when they saw the son the tenants said to one another, "This is the heir; come on, let us kill him, and get his inheritance." 
39καὶ λαβόντες αὐτὸν ἐξέβαλον ἐξω τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος καὶ ἀπέκτειναν. And they took him, flung him out of the vineyard, and murdered him. 
40ὁταν οὖν ἐλθῃ ὁ κύριος τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος, τί ποιήσει τοῖς γεωργοῖς ἐκείνοις; When the owner of the vineyard comes, how do you think he will deal with those tenants?' 
41λέγουσιν αὐτῷ, κακοὺς κακῶς ἀπολέσει αὐτούς, καὶ τὸν ἀμπελῶνα ἐκδώσεται ἀλλοις γεωργοῖς, οἱτινες ἀποδώσουσιν αὐτῷ τοὺς καρποὺς ἐν τοῖς καιροῖς αὐτῶν. 'He will bring those bad men to a bad end', they answered, 'and hand the vineyard over to other tenants, who will let him have his share of the crop when the season comes.' 
42λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς,
Οὐδέποτε ἀνέγνωτε ἐν ταῖς γραφαῖς,

Λίθον ὃν ἀπεδοκίμασαν οἱ οἰκοδομοῦντες
οὗτος ἐγενήθη εἰς κεφαλὴν γωνίας:
παρὰ κυρίου ἐγένετο αὕτη,
καὶ ἔστιν θαυμαστὴ ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς ἡμῶν;

Then Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the scriptures:

"The stone which the builders rejected has become the main corner-stone.
This is the Lord's doing, and it is wonderful in our eyes"?

 
43διὰ τοῦτο λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἀρθήσεται ἀφ' ὑμῶν ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ δοθήσεται ἐθνει ποιοῦντι τοὺς καρποὺς αὐτῆς. Therefore, I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and given to a nation that yields the proper fruit.'"
- the kingdom of God ... given to a nation producing the fruits Mt.21.43 | Ps.118.22-23
44[[καὶ ὁ πεσὼν ἐπὶ τὸν λίθον τοῦτον συνθλασθήσεται· ἐφ' ὃν δ' ἂν πέσῃ λικμήσει αὐτόν.]] [Some manuscripts add: Any man who falls on this stone will be dashed to pieces; and if it falls on a man he will be crushed by it.] 
45Καὶ ἀκούσαντες οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ οἱ Φαρισαῖοι τὰς παραβολὰς αὐτοῦ ἐγνωσαν ὅτι περὶ αὐτῶν λέγει· When the chief priests and Pharisees heard his parables, they saw that he was referring to them; 
46καὶ ζητοῦντες αὐτὸν κρατῆσαι ἐφοβήθησαν τοὺς ὀχλους, ἐπεὶ εἰς προφήτην αὐτὸν εἶχον. they wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the people, who looked on Jesus as a prophet.
 

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