Matthew 21:33-45

Goodspeed(i) 33 "Listen to another figure. There was a land owner who planted a vineyard and fenced it in, and hewed out a wine-vat in it, and built a watch-tower, and leased it to tenants, and left the neighborhood. 34 When the time for the vintage approached he sent his slaves to the tenants to receive his share. 35 But the tenants took his slaves and beat one and killed another and stoned a third. 36 Again he sent other slaves and more of them than he had sent at first, and they treated them in the same way. 37 Finally he sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.' 38 But when the tenants saw his son, they said to one another. 'This is his heir! Come on, let us kill him, and get his inheritance!' 39 So they took him and drove him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 When the owner of the vineyard comes back, therefore, what will he do to these tenants?" 41 They said to him, "He will put the wretches to a miserable death, and let the vineyard to other tenants who will give him his share of the vintage when it is due." 42 Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, " 'That stone which the builders rejected Has become the cornerstone; This came from the Lord, And seems marvelous to us'? 43 "That, I tell you, is why the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and given to a people that will produce its proper fruit. 44 Whoever falls on that stone will be shattered, but whoever it falls upon will be pulverized." 45 When the high priests and the Pharisees heard his figures, they knew that he was speaking about them,