The Parable of the Bad Tenants
(Mt. 21:33-41; Mk. 12:1-9;; Lk. 20:9-16)
33 “Hear another parable.
There was a man who was a master of a household who planted a vineyard, set a hedge about it, dug a wine press in it, built a tower, leased it out to farmers, and went into another country.
34 When the season for the fruit came near, he sent his servants to the farmers to receive his fruit.
35 The farmers took his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first;
and they treated them the same way.
37 But afterward he sent to them his son, saying,
‘They will respect my son.’
38 But the farmers, when they saw the son, said among themselves,
‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and seize his inheritance.’
39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard, then killed him.
40 When therefore the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?” 41 They told him,
“He will miserably destroy those miserable men, and will lease out the vineyard to other farmers who will give him the fruit in its season.”