The Bible in Its Traditions

Mark 12:1–12

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Then He began to speak to them with parables: "A man planted a vineyard and set a fence around it, dug a wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to farmers, and went on a journey.

And he began to speak unto them in parables. A man planted a vineyard, and set a hedge about it, and digged a pit for the winepress, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country.

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And at [harvest] time he sent a servant to the farmers, in order that he might receive [his part] from the fruit of the vineyard.

And in due season he sent his servant to the laborers, to receive some of the fruits of the vineyard.

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And they took him and beat [him] and sent [him] away empty-[handed].

But they, having apprehended him, beat him and sent him away empty.

But they beat him, and sent him away empty.

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Again he sent them another servant, and that one they wounded in the head with stones, and they sent him away shamefully treated.

And again he sent unto them another servant; and him they wounded in the head, and handled shamefully.

And again, he sent another servant to them. And they wounded him on the head, and they treated him with contempt.

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And again he sent another, and that one they killed, and [so with ]many others, beating some and killing others.

And he sent another; and him they killed: and many others; beating some, and killing some.

And again, he sent another, and him they killed, and many others: some they beat, but others they killed.

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Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he even sent him to them last, saying, 'They will respect my son.'

He had yet one, a beloved son: he sent him last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.

But finally, he had a very beloved son, and he sent him to them last of all, for he said, They might feel ashamed before my son.

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"But those farmers said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'

But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.

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"And taking him they killed [him], and cast [him] out of the vineyard.

And they took him, and killed him, and cast him forth out of the vineyard.

And apprehending him, they killed him. And they cast him out of the vineyard.

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Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and will destroy the farmers, and give the vineyard to others.

What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy those laborers, and give the vineyard to others.

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10  Have you not even read this Scripture: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

10  “And so, have you not read this scripture?: ‘The stone which the builders have rejected, the same has been made the head of the corner.

10  And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner

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11  This was YHWH's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"

11  This was from the Lord, And it is marvellous in our eyes?

11  By the Lord has this been done, and it is wondrous in our eyes.’ ”

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12  And they sought to lay hold of Him, but they feared the crowd, for they knew that He had spoken the parable against them. And leaving Him, they went away.

12  They wanted to seize him, but they were afraid of the people; for they knew that he spoke this parable against them; and they left him and went away.