9 And He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time.10 And at the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vine-growers sent him away empty-handed having beaten him.11 And he proceeded to send another slave; and when they beat him also and treated him shamefully, they sent him away empty-handed.12 And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out.13 Now the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’14 But when the vine-growers saw him, they were reasoning with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do to them?16 He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “May it never be!” 17 But when Jesus looked at them, He said, “What then is this that is written:
‘The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the chief cornerstone’?
18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”
Taxes to Caesar
19 And the scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, but they feared the people. For they understood that He spoke this parable against them.