C. Being Tested and Examined
1. By the Chief Priests, Scribes, and Elders
27 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the atemple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to Him,
28 And said to Him, By what authority do You do these things, or who gave You this aauthority to do these things?
29 And Jesus said to them, I will question you about one thing; answer Me and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 The abaptism of John, was it from bheaven or from men? Answer Me.
31 And they reasoned with one another saying, If we say, From heaven, He will say, Why then did you anot believe him?
32 But should we say, From men? -- they afeared the crowd, for all held that bJohn was really a cprophet.
33 And they answered Jesus and said, We do 1not know. And Jesus said to them, 2Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
1 1And He began to aspeak to them in bparables: A man planted a cvineyard and put a hedge around it and dug a vat for a dwinepress and built a tower; and he leased it out to evinedressers and went fabroad.
2 And he sent a aslave to the vinedressers at the proper time so that from the vinedressers he might take of the fruit of the vineyard.
3 And they took him and abeat him and sent him away empty-handed.
4 And again he sent to them another slave; and that one they struck on the head and dishonored.
5 And he sent another, and that one they akilled; and so with many others, beating some and killing others.
6 He had yet one, a abeloved son; he sent him to them last, saying, They will respect my son.
7 But those vinedressers said to one another, This is the aheir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!
8 And they took him and akilled him and threw him bout of the vineyard.
9 What then will the amaster of the vineyard do? He will come and bdestroy the vinedressers and will give the vineyard to 1cothers.
10 Have you not even read this Scripture, "The stone which the abuilders rejected, this has become the head of the 1corner.
11 This was from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes''?
12 And they asought to seize Him, yet they bfeared the crowd, for they perceived that it was with them in view that He spoke the parable. And cleaving Him, they went away.