Parable of Two Sons

28 “But what do you think? A man had two [a]sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘[b]Son, go work today in the (A)vineyard.’ 29 But he replied, ‘I do not want to.’ Yet afterward he regretted it and went. 30 And the man came to his second son and said the same thing; and he replied, ‘I will, sir’; and yet he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They *said, “The first.” Jesus *said to them, “Truly I say to you that (B)the tax collectors and prostitutes [c]will get into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but (C)the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even [d]have second thoughts afterward so as to believe him.

Parable of the Landowner

33 “Listen to another parable. (D)There was a [e]landowner who (E)planted a (F)vineyard and put a [f]fence around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and he leased it to [g]vine-growers and (G)went on a journey. 34 And when the [h]harvest time approached, he (H)sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his fruit. 35 And the vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again, he (I)sent other slaves, more than the first; and they did the same things to them. 37 But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let’s kill him and take possession of his inheritance!’ 39 And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 Therefore, when the [i]owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?” 41 They *said to Him, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and (J)lease the vineyard to other vine-growers, who will pay him the fruit in the proper seasons.”

42 Jesus *said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,

(K)A stone which the builders rejected,
This has become the [j]chief cornerstone;
This came about from the Lord,
And it is marvelous in our eyes’?

43 Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a [k]people producing its fruit. 44 And (L)the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and on whomever it falls, it will crush him.”

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 21:28 Lit children
  2. Matthew 21:28 Lit Child
  3. Matthew 21:31 Lit are getting into
  4. Matthew 21:32 Or change your minds
  5. Matthew 21:33 Lit a man, head of a household
  6. Matthew 21:33 Or hedge
  7. Matthew 21:33 Or tenant farmers, also vv 34, 35, 38, 40
  8. Matthew 21:34 Lit the fruit season
  9. Matthew 21:40 Lit lord
  10. Matthew 21:42 Lit head of the corner
  11. Matthew 21:43 Lit nation