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Matthew 21:35-39

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21:35 But the tenants seized his slaves, beat one, 1  killed another, and stoned another. 21:36 Again he sent other slaves, more than the first, and they treated them the same way. 21:37 Finally he sent his son to them, 2  saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 21:38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and get his inheritance!’ 21:39 So 3  they seized him, 4  threw him out of the vineyard, 5  and killed him.

1 sn The image of the tenants mistreating the owner’s slaves pictures the nation’s rejection of the prophets and their message.

2 sn The owner’s decision to send his son represents God sending Jesus.

3 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the implied result of the tenants’ decision to kill the son in v. 38.

4 tn Grk “seizing him.” The participle λαβόντες (labontes) has been translated as attendant circumstance.

5 sn Throwing the heir out of the vineyard pictures Jesus’ death outside of Jerusalem.



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