Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a slave to the farmers so that they might give him some fruit from the vineyard. But the farmers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent yet another slave, but they beat that one too, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. And he sent yet a third, but they wounded this one too and threw him out.
“Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my beloved son. Perhaps they will respect him.’
“But when the tenant farmers saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, ‘This is the heir. Let’s kill him, so the inheritance will be ours! ’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
“Therefore, what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those farmers and give the vineyard to others.”
But when they heard this they said, “No — never! ”
But He looked at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of this Scripture:
The stone that the builders rejected —
this has become the cornerstone?
Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and if it falls on anyone, it will grind him to powder! ”
Then the scribes and the chief priests looked for a way to get their hands on Him that very hour, because they knew He had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.