Matthew 21:33-45

MNT(i) 33 "Listen to another parable: "A man who was a householder planted a vineyard, fenced it about, dug a wine vat in it, built a tower, then rented it to vine-dressers and went abroad. 34 When the time of fruit drew near, he sent his slaves to the vine-dressers to get his fruit. 35 And the vine-dressers seized his slaves, flogged one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Again he sent other slaves, a larger number than at first, and they treated them in the same way. 37 And last he sent his son to them; 'Surely they will respect my son,' he said. 38 But when the vine-dressers saw his son, they said to themselves: "'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and take his inheritance.' 39 "So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 When therefore the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-dressers?" 41 "He will utterly destroy those wretches," they answered, "and will entrust his vineyard to other vine-dressers, who will pay back the fruits to him in their season." 42 "Have you never read in the Scriptures," Jesus answered, "how The stone that the builders rejected Has been made the corner-stone; This is the Lord's doing, It is wonderful in our eyes? 43 "I tell you that for this reason the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and will be given to a nation that does produce the fruit of it. 44 "He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but he upon whom it falls will be scattered as dust." 45 As they listened to his parables, the chief priests and the Pharisees recognized that he was speaking about them;