5 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.
5 And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed.
5 He sent another and that one they killed. And on and on, many others. Some they beat up, some they killed.
5 And again he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, beating some and killing some.
5 The next servant he sent was killed. Others he sent were either beaten or killed,
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Mark 12:5
Commentary on Mark 12:1-12
(Read Mark 12:1-12)
Christ showed in parables, that he would lay aside the Jewish church. It is sad to think what base usage God's faithful ministers have met with in all ages, from those who have enjoyed the privileges of the church, but have not brought forth fruit answerable. God at length sent his Son, his Well-beloved; and it might be expected that he whom their Master loved, they also should respect and love; but instead of honouring him because he was the Son and Heir, they therefore hated him. But the exaltation of Christ was the Lord's doing; and it is his doing to exalt him in our hearts, and to set up his throne there; and if this be done, it cannot but be marvellous in our eyes. The Scriptures, and faithful preachers, and the coming of Christ in the flesh, call on us to render due praise to God in our lives. Let sinners beware of a proud, carnal spirit; if they revile or despise the preachers of Christ, they would have done so their Master, had they lived when he was upon earth.