Parable Source 1: Matthew 21:33-46 (New Living Translation – NLT)
Parable of the Evil Farmers
Now listen to another story. A certain landowner planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country.
At the time of the grape harvest, he sent his servants to collect his share of the crop. But the farmers grabbed his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. So the landowner sent a larger group of his servants to collect for him, but the results were the same.
Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’
But when the tenant farmers saw his son coming, they said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Come on, let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ So they grabbed him, dragged him out of the vineyard, and murdered him.
When the owner of the vineyard returns,” Jesus asked, “what do you think he will do to those farmers?”
The religious leaders replied, “He will put the wicked men to a horrible death and lease the vineyard to others who will give him his share of the crop after each harvest.”
Then Jesus asked them, “Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures?
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.’
I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit. Anyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on.”
When the leading priests and Pharisees heard this parable, they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowds, who considered Jesus to be a prophet.
Parable Source 2: Mark 12:1-12 (Amplified Bible – AMP)
AND [Jesus] started to speak to them in parables [with comparisons and illustrations]. A man planted a vineyard and put a hedge around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower and let it out [for rent] to vinedressers and went into another country.
When the season came, he sent a bond servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.
But they took him and beat him and sent him away without anything.
Again he sent to them another bond servant, and they stoned him and wounded him in the head and treated him shamefully [sending him away with insults].
And he sent another, and that one they killed; then many others–some they beat, and some they put to death.
He had still one left [to send], a beloved son; last of all he sent him to them, saying, They will respect my son.
But those tenants said to one another, Here is the heir; come on, let us put him to death, and [then] the inheritance will be ours.
And they took him and killed him, and threw [his body] outside the vineyard.
Now what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants, and give the vineyard to others.
Have you not even read this [passage of] Scripture: The very Stone which [[a]after putting It to the test] the builders rejected has become the Head of the corner [Cornerstone];
This is from the Lord and is His doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?
And they were trying to get hold of Him, but they were afraid of the people, for they knew that He spoke this parable with reference to and against them. So they left Him and departed.
Parable Source 3: Luke 20:9-19 (21st Century King James Version – KJ21)
Then He began to speak to the people this parable: “A certain man planted a vineyard and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.
And at the season, he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard; but the husbandmen beat him and sent him away empty.
And again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.
And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.
Then said the lord of the vineyard, `What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; it may be they will reverence him when they see him.’
But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’
So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?
He shall come and destroy these husbandmen and shall give the vineyard to others.” And when they heard it they said, “God forbid!”
And He beheld them and said, “What is this then that is written:
`The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner’?
Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”
And the chief priests and the scribes that same hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people; for they perceived that He had spoken this parable against them.