Matthew 21:33-45

Riverside(i) 33 "Listen to another illustration: There was a man, a house-holder, who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a wine-vat in it and built a watch-tower, and let it out to grape-growers and went abroad. 34 When the time of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the grape-growers to get his fruit. 35 But the grape-growers seized the servants, and one they beat, one they killed, one they pelted with stones. 36 Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first, but they treated them just the same. 37 At last he sent to them his son, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 38 But when the grape-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and we shall have his inheritance.' 39 So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 When, therefore, the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those grape-growers?" 41 They said to him, "He will put those miserable men to a miserable death, and will let out the vineyard to other grape-growers who will render him the fruits in their seasons." 42 Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, 'The stone which the builders rejected, that one has become the corner stone. This stone came from the Lord and is wonderful in our eyes'? 43 Therefore I tell you the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and will be given to a nation that produces the fruits. 44 Whoever falls on this stone will be shattered, and if it falls on any one, it will crush him to powder." 45 The high priests and the Pharisees listening to his illustrations knew that he was speaking about them.