Matthew 21:23-46 American Standard Version

Jesus' Authority Questioned

23  And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? 24  And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one question, which if ye tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25  The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven or from men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why then did ye not believe him? 26  But if we shall say, From men; we fear the multitude; for all hold John as a prophet. 27  And they answered Jesus, and said, We know not. He also said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28  But what think ye? A man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to-day in the vineyard. 29  And he answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented himself, and went. 30  And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I [go], sir: and went not. 31  Which of the two did the will of his father? They say, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32  For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye saw it, did not even repent yourselves afterward, that ye might believe him.

The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen

33  Hear another parable: There was a man that was a householder, who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge about it, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country. 34  And when the season of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, to receive his fruits. 35  And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 36  Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them in like manner. 37  But afterward he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. 38  But the husbandmen, when they saw the son, said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and take his inheritance. 39  And they took him, and cast him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40  When therefore the lord of the vineyard shall come, what will he do unto those husbandmen? 41  They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those miserable men, and will let out the vineyard unto other husbandmen, who shall render him the fruits in their seasons. 42  Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner; This was from the Lord, And it is marvelous in our eyes? 43  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44  And he that falleth on this stone shall be broken to pieces: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will scatter him as dust. 45  And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 46  And when they sought to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, because they took him for a prophet.

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