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Matthew 21:33Matthew 21:46

(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.