1 He went on to speak to them in parables, ‘A man planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug out a trough for the winepress and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad.
2 When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard.
3 But they seized the man, thrashed him and sent him away empty handed.
4 Next he sent another servant to them; him they beat about the head and treated shamefully.
5 And he sent another and him they killed; then a number of others, and they thrashed some and killed the rest.
6 He had still someone left: his beloved son. He sent him to them last of all, thinking, “Theywill respect my son.”
7 But those tenants said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.”
8 So they seized him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.
9 Now what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and make an end of the tenants and give the vineyard to others.
10 Have you not read this text of scripture: The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
11 this is the Lord’s doing, and we marvel at it ?’
12 And they would have liked to arrest him, because they realised that the parable was aimed at them, but they were afraid of the crowds. So they left him alone and went away.