The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen 

Matthew 21:33-46
The gospel of Mark gives the most detailed account of this parable. (12:1-9)

Jesus: Hear another parable.

A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and dug a winepress and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.

Luke adds “for a long time.”

And at the season the lord of the vineyard sent a servant to the husbandmen, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. And they caught the servant, and beat him, and sent him away empty. And again the lord sent to them another servant; and they cast stones at this servant, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. And again the lord sent another servant; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some. 

Having yet therefore one son, his well-beloved, the lord sent him to them last. 

The lord of the vineyard: They will reverence my son. 

Husbandmen (among themselves): This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours. 

They took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.

Jesus: What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the wicked husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others who shall render him the fruits in their seasons. (Paraphrased from Matthew and Mark)

Luke adds “And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.”

Jesus: Did you never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eye? (Psalm118:22-23) Therefore say I to you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 

When the chief priests and Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that Jesus spoke of them. 

But when they sought to lay hands on him that same hour, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet. And they left him and went their way.


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