THE WICKED HUSBANDMAN

 

Matthew 21

 33Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

   34And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

   35And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.

   36Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.

   37But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

   38But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

   39And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

   40When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?

   41They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. 

 42Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

   43Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

   44And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

   45And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

   46But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

Luke 20

9Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.

   10And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.

   11And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.

   12And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.

   13Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.

   14But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

   15So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

   16He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

   17And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?

   18Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

 

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