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Matthew: 21
33 '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. 34 When the vintage season approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect the produce due to him. 35 But they took his servants and thrashed one, murdered another, and stoned a third. 36 Again, he sent other servants, this time a larger number; and they did the same to them. 37 At last he sent to them his son. "They will respect my son", he said. 38 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." 39 And they took him, flung him out of the vineyard, and murdered him. 40 When the owner of the vineyard comes, how do you think he will deal with those tenants?' 41 '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.' 42 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"? 43 Therefore, I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and given to a nation that yields the proper fruit.'"
44 [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.] 45 When the chief priests and Pharisees heard his parables, they saw that he was referring to them; 46 they wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the people, who looked on Jesus as a prophet.
Mark: 12
1 He went on to speak to them in parables: 'A man planted a vineyard and 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. 2 When the vintage season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce. 3 But they took him, thrashed him, and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again, he sent them another servant, whom they beat about the head and treated outrageously. 5 So he sent another, and that one they killed; and many more besides, of whom they beat some, and killed others. 6 He had now only one left to send, his own dear son. In the end he sent him. "They will respect my son", he said. 7 But the tenants said to one another, "This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the property will be ours." 8 So they seized him and killed him, and flung his body out of the vineyard. 9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and put the tenants to death and give the vineyard to others.
10 'Can it be that you have never read this text: "The stone which the builders rejected has become the main corner-stone. 11 This is the Lord's doing, and it is wonderful in our eyes"?'
12 Then they began to look for a way to arrest him, for they saw that the parable was aimed at them; but they were afraid of popular feeling, so they left him alone and went away.
Luke: 20
9 He went on to tell the people this parable: 'A man planted a vineyard, let it out to vine-growers, and went abroad for a long time. 10 When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce; but the tenants thrashed him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He tried again and sent a second servant; but he also was thrashed, outrageously treated, and sent away empty-handed. 12 He tried once more with a third; this one too they wounded and flung out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, "What am I to do? I will send my own dear son; perhaps they will respect him." 14 But when the tenants saw him they talked it over together. "This is the heir," they said; "let us kill him so that the property may come to us." 15 So they flung him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and put these tenants to death and let the vineyard to others.'
17 When they heard this, they said, 'God forbid!' But he looked straight at them and said, 'Then what does this text of Scripture mean: "The stone which the builders rejected has become the main corner-stone"? 18 Any man who falls on that stone will be dashed to pieces; and if it falls on a man he will be crushed by it.'
19 The lawyers and chief priests wanted to lay hands on him there and then, for they saw that this parable was aimed at them; but they were afraid of the people.

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