Mark 12:2

12:2 servant. Often a term for the prophets (Ex. 14:31; 2 Chr. 1:3; Is. 20:3; Amos 3:7), whom Jesus sees as those whom God had sent to call Israel to faithfulness and who often suffered death (Matt. 23:37).

tenants. Those with “official” authority over the people of God, in particular those for whom the parable is told.