Matthew 21:33-45

Williams(i) 33 "Listen to another story. There was once an owner of an estate who planted a vineyard and built a fence around it, and hewed out a wine-vat in it, and built a tower, and rented it to tenant farmers, and then went abroad. 34 But when the time for gathering grapes was near, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his rent. 35 But the tenants took his slaves and beat the first one, killed the second, and stoned the third. 36 Again he sent other slaves, and more than at first, and they treated them exactly the same way. 37 At last he sent his son to them, for he said to himself, 'They will surely respect my son.' 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is his heir, come on, let us kill him, and get all that is coming to him!' 39 So they took him and drove him out of the vineyard and murdered him. 40 Now when the owner of the estate comes back, what will he do to these tenants?" 41 They answered, "In vengeance he will put the scoundrels to death, and rent the vineyard to other tenants who will promptly pay him the rent." 42 Then Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures: 'That stone which the builders threw away has become the cornerstone; this is the work of the Lord and seems wonderful to us!' 43 "This, I tell you, is why the kingdom will be taken away from you, and given to a people who will pay a fair rent for it. 44 Who ever falls upon that stone will be broken to pieces, but whomever it falls upon will be crushed to powder." 45 When the high priests and the Pharisees heard His stories, they knew that He was speaking about them,