9 And He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to [a]vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time.10 At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard; but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.11 And he proceeded to send another slave; and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed.12 And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out.13 The [b]owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’14 But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the [c]owner of the vineyard do to them?16 He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” When they heard it, they said, “May it never be!”
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