(1) By the Chief Priests and Elders concerning His Authority
23 aAnd when He came into the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came to Him as He was bteaching and said, By what authority do You do these things? And cwho gave You this authority?
24 And Jesus answered and said to them, I also will ask you one 1thing, which if you tell Me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25 The baptism of John, from where did it come, from aheaven or from men? And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we say, From heaven, He will say to us, Why then did you not believe him?
26 But if we say, From men, we fear the crowd, for all hold John as a aprophet.
27 And they answered Jesus and said, We do 1not know. He too said to them, 2Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
(a) The Shifting of the Birthright
28 But what do you think? A man had two children. And he came to his first son and said, Child, go today and work in the avineyard.
29 And he answered and said, I do not want to; yet later he regretted and went.
30 And he came to the other and said likewise. And he answered and said, I will, sir; yet he did not go.
31 Which of the two did the will of the father? They said, The 1first. Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you that the atax collectors and the bharlots are going into the kingdom of cGod before you.
32 For John came to you in the away of 1righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him. And you, when you saw it, did not later regret it to believe him.
(b) The Transfer of the Kingdom of God
33 aHear another parable. There was a man, a 1householder, who planted a 1bvineyard and put a chedge around it, and dug a dwinepress in it, and built a tower; and he leased it out to 1vinedressers and went eabroad.
34 And when the time to harvest the fruit drew near, he asent his 1slaves to the vinedressers to get his fruit.
35 And the vinedressers took his slaves and 1abeat one, and bkilled another, and cstoned another.
36 Again, he sent some other slaves, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.
37 Then later he sent to them his 1ason, saying, They will respect my son.
38 But the vinedressers, when they saw the son, said among themselves, 1This is the aheir. Come, let us bkill him and take possession of his inheritance.
39 And they atook him and cast him 1bout of the vineyard and ckilled him.
40 Therefore when the master of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?
41 They said to Him, He will miserably 1adestroy those evil men and will lease the vineyard to 2other vinedressers, who will give the bfruit to him in their seasons.
42 Jesus said to them, Have you anever read in the Scriptures, b"The 1stone which the 1builders rejected, this has become the 2chead of the corner. This was from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes''?
43 Therefore I say to you that the 1kingdom of aGod shall be taken from you and shall be given to a 2nation producing its bfruit.
44 And 1he who falls on this astone shall be broken to pieces; but on 2whomever it falls, it shall bcrush him to powder and scatter him like chaff.
45 And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking concerning them.
46 And though they sought to aseize Him, they feared the crowds because they held Him as a bprophet.
(c) The Kingdom's Wedding Feast
1 And Jesus answered and spoke again in aparables to them, saying,
2 aThe 1bkingdom of the heavens has become like a 2cking who prepared a 3dwedding feast for his 2son.
3 And he sent his 1slaves to call those who had been called to the wedding feast, yet they would not come.
4 Again, he sent 1other slaves, saying, Tell those who have been called, Behold, I have prepared my 2dinner: my 3oxen and my 3afatted cattle have been slain, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding feast.
5 But they disregarded it and went off, one to his own field and another to his business,
6 And the rest took hold of his slaves, atreated them shamefully, and bkilled them.
7 And the king became angry, and he sent his 1troops and adestroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 Then he said to his slaves, The wedding feast is ready, but those who have been called were 1anot worthy.
9 Go therefore to the 1crossroads, and as many as you find, call to the wedding feast.
10 And those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both evil and good, and the wedding feast was filled with those reclining at table.
11 But when the king came in to look at those reclining at table, he saw there a man who was not aclothed with a 1wedding garment,
12 And he said to him, aFriend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then the king said to the 1servants, Bind his feet and hands, and 2acast him out into the outer darkness. In that place there will be the 3weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are 1acalled but few are 1bchosen.