Wicked Tenants

The chief priests and the scribes and the elders spoke with Jesus on the temple in Jerusalem.

Mark 12:1-9

Jesus began to speak to them using parables.

A certain man planted a vineyard, planted a hedge around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went into a far country.

At the season of the harvest, he sent a servant to the tenants, that he might receive of the fruit of the vineyard from them.

They caught the servant and beat him and sent him away with nothing.

He sent another servant to them and they cast stones at him, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully mistreated.

He sent another servant; and they killed him.

He sent many others; they beat some and killed some.

The owner had one beloved son, and he sent him last to them.

The owner: They will reverence my son.

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

They killed him, and cast his body out of the vineyard.

What will the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants, and he will give the vineyard to others.

The chief priests and the scribes and the elders perceived that Jesus had told the parable against them.