28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘My son, go, work in the vineyard today.’ r
“ ‘I will, sir,’ he answered. But he didn’t go.
“The first,” they said.
Jesus said to them, “I assure you: Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you! 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, s and you didn’t believe him. Tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him, but you, when you saw it, didn’t even change your minds then and believe him.
33 “Listen t to another parable: u There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower. v He leased it to tenant farmers and went away. w 34 When the grape harvest x drew near, he sent his * slaves to the farmers to collect his fruit. 35 But the farmers took his slaves, beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. y 36 Again, he sent other slaves, more than the first group, and they did the same to them. 37 Finally, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
38 “But when the tenant farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance!’ z 39 So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?”
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone. c
This came from the Lord
43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing its f fruit. [44 Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; g but on whoever it falls, it will grind him to powder!]” h
21:34 * the season of fruits
21:41 * him the fruits in their seasons
21:42 * the head of the corner
21:43 = the kingdom’s
21:44 Other * omit bracketed text
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