Matthew 21:33-41 – Illustration of murderous cultivators

33  “Hear another illustration: There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard+ and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and erected a tower;+then he leased it to cultivators and traveled abroad.+34  When the fruit season came around, he sent his slaves to the cultivators to collect his fruit. 35  However, the cultivators took his slaves, and they beat one up, another they killed, another they stoned.+ 36  Again he sent other slaves, more than the first group, but they did the same to these.+ 37  Lastly he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38  On seeing the son, the cultivators said among themselves, ‘This is the heir.+ Come, let us kill him and get his inheritance!’ 39  So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.+40  Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those cultivators?” 41  They said to him: “Because they are evil, he will bring a terrible* destruction on them and will lease the vineyard to other cultivators, who will give him the fruits when they become due.”

Matthew 22:15-22

15  Then the Pharisees went and conspired together in order to trap him in his speech.+ 16  So they sent their disciples to him, together with party followers of Herod,+saying: “Teacher, we know you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and you do not seek anyone’s favor, for you do not look at the outward appearance of people.17  Tell us, then, what do you think? Is it lawful* to pay head tax to Caesar or not?” 18  But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said: “Why do you put me to the test, hypocrites? 19  Show me the tax coin.” They brought him a de·nar′i·us.* 20  He said to them: “Whose image and inscription is this?” 21  They said: “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them: “Pay back, therefore, Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.”+ 22  When they heard that, they were amazed, and they left him and went away.

Matthew 23:1-12

23 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying:  “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the seat of Moses.  Therefore, all the things they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds, for they say but they do not practice what they say.+  They bind up heavy loads and put them on the shoulders of men,+ but they themselves are not willing to budge them with their finger.+  All the works they do, they do to be seen by men,+ for they broaden the scripture-containing cases that they wear as safeguards*+ and lengthen the fringes of their garments.+  They like the most prominent place at evening meals and the front* seats in the synagogues+ and the greetings in the marketplaces and to be called Rabbi* by men.  But you, do not you be called Rabbi, for one is your Teacher,+ and all of you are brothers. Moreover, do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your Father,+ the heavenly One. 10  Neither be called leaders, for your Leader is one, the Christ. 11  But the greatest one among you must be your minister.+12  Whoever exalts himself will be humbled,+ and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.+

Matthew 24:1-3

24 Now as Jesus was departing from the temple, his disciples approached to show him the buildings of the temple.  In response he said to them: “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, by no means will a stone be left here upon a stone and not be thrown down.”+ While he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence*+ and of the conclusion of the system of things?”*+

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