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Matthew 21 : 19 - 46

Chapter 21

19And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again." Immediately the fig tree withered away.
20And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither away so soon?"
21So Jesus answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, "Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done.
22And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
23Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?"
24But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things:
25The baptism of John--where was it from? From heaven 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?'
26But if we say, "From men,' we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet."
27So they answered Jesus and said, "We do not know." And He said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
28"But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, "Son, go, work today in my vineyard.'
29He answered and said, "I will not,' but afterward he regretted it and went.
30Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, "I go, sir,' but he did not go.
31Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said to Him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.
32For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.
33"Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.
34Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit.
35And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another.
36Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.
37Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, "They will respect my son.'
38But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, "This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.'
39So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40"Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?"
41They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons."
42Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD's doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes'?
43"Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.
44And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."
45Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them.
46But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.

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