12 Then Jesus[a] began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went abroad.2 At the right time, he sent a servant to the farmers to collect from them a share of the produce from the vineyard. 3 But the farmers[b]grabbed the servant,[c]beat him, and sent him back empty-handed.4 Again, the man[d]sent another servant to them. They beat the servant[e]over the head and treated him shamefully. 5 Then the man[f]sent another, and that one they killed. So it was with many other servants.[g]Some of these they beat, and others they killed.6 Hestill had one more person to send,[h]a son whom he loved. Finally, he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’7 But those farmers told one another, ‘This is the heir. Come on, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’ 8 So they grabbed him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9 “Now what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come, execute the farmers, and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you ever read this Scripture:
‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.[i] 11 This was the Lord’s[j] doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’?”[k]
12 They were trying to arrest him but were afraid of the crowd. Realizing that he had spoken this parable against them, they left him alone and went away.
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