(1) By the Chief Priests and Elders concerning His Authority
24 And Jesus answered and said to them, I also will ask you one 1thing, which if you tell Me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25 The baptism of John, from where did it come, from aheaven or from men? And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we say, From heaven, He will say to us, Why then did you not believe him?
26 But if we say, From men, we fear the crowd, for all hold John as a aprophet.
(a) The Shifting of the Birthright
28 But what do you think? A man had two children. And he came to his first son and said, Child, go today and work in the avineyard.
29 And he answered and said, I do not want to; yet later he regretted and went.
30 And he came to the other and said likewise. And he answered and said, I will, sir; yet he did not go.
32 For John came to you in the away of 1righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him. And you, when you saw it, did not later regret it to believe him.
(b) The Transfer of the Kingdom of God
33 aHear another parable. There was a man, a 1householder, who planted a 1bvineyard and put a chedge around it, and dug a dwinepress in it, and built a tower; and he leased it out to 1vinedressers and went eabroad.
36 Again, he sent some other slaves, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.
40 Therefore when the master of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?
42 Jesus said to them, Have you anever read in the Scriptures, b"The 1stone which the 1builders rejected, this has become the 2chead of the corner. This was from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes''?
45 And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking concerning them.
(c) The Kingdom's Wedding Feast
1 And Jesus answered and spoke again in aparables to them, saying,
3 And he sent his 1slaves to call those who had been called to the wedding feast, yet they would not come.
4 Again, he sent 1other slaves, saying, Tell those who have been called, Behold, I have prepared my 2dinner: my 3oxen and my 3afatted cattle have been slain, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding feast.
5 But they disregarded it and went off, one to his own field and another to his business,
9 Go therefore to the 1crossroads, and as many as you find, call to the wedding feast.
10 And those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both evil and good, and the wedding feast was filled with those reclining at table.
12 And he said to him, aFriend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment? And he was speechless.