Matthew 21:33-45

Murdock(i) 33 Hear ye another similitude. A certain man, the lord of a house, planted a vineyard, and inclosed it with a hedge, and digged in it a wine-press, and built a tower in it, and leased it to cultivators, and removed to a distance. 34 And when the time for the fruits arrived, he sent his servants to the cultivators that they might remit to him of the fruits of the vineyard. 35 And the cultivators laid hold of his servants, and beat one, and stoned another and one they slew. 36 And again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first; and they did the like to them. 37 And at last he sent to them his son: for he said, Perhaps they will respect my son. 38 But the cultivators, when they saw the son, said among themselves: This is the heir: Come; let us kill him, and retain his inheritance. 39 And they laid hold of him, thrust him out of the vineyard, and slew him. 40 When the lord of the vineyard, therefore, shall come; what will he do to those cultivators? 41 They say to him: He will utterly destroy them; and will lease the vineyard to other cultivators, who will render him the fruits in their seasons. 42 Jesus said to them: Have ye never read in the scripture, The stone which the builders rejected, hath become the head of the corner: this is from the Lord; and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43 Therefore I say to you, That the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to a people that will yield fruits. 44 And whoever shall fall upon this stone, will be fractured; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will crush him to atoms? 45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his similitudes, they understood that he spoke in reference to them.