D. Passing through the Final Examinations
1. Of the Chief Priests, Scribes, and Elders
1 And on one of the days, as 1He was ateaching the people in the btemple and announcing the good news, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders ccame upon Him,
2 And spoke, saying to Him, Tell us by what aauthority you do these things, or who is the one who gave you this authority?
3 And He answered and said to them, I also will ask you one thing, and you tell Me:
4 The abaptism of John, was it from bheaven or from men?
5 And they reasoned together among themselves, saying, If we say, From heaven, He will say, Why did you anot believe him?
6 But if we say, From men, all the people will stone us to death, for they are persuaded that John was a aprophet.
7 And they answered that they did not know where it was from.
8 And Jesus said to them, 1Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
9 1And He began to speak to the people this aparable: A certain man bplanted a cvineyard and leased it out to dvinedressers and went eabroad for a considerable time.
10 And at the proper time he asent a slave to the vinedressers so that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard; but the vinedressers bbeat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11 And he went on to send another slave, but they beat that one also, and dishonored him, and sent him away empty-handed.
12 And he went on to send a third, but that one also they wounded and threw out.
13 And the master of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my son, the abeloved; they will 1probably respect this one.
14 But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, This is the aheir; let us kill him that the inheritance may become ours.
15 And they threw him aout of the vineyard and bkilled him. What then will the master of the vineyard do to them?
16 He will come and adestroy these vinedressers and will give the vineyard to bothers. And when they heard this, they said, May it never happen!
17 But He looked at them, and said, What then is this that is written, a"The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the head of the corner''?
18 Everyone who falls on that astone shall be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it shall crush him to powder and scatter him like bchaff.
19 And the scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on Him in that hour; yet they feared the people, for they perceived that it was with them in view that He spoke this parable.