Joshua tells the parable of the two sons
he began to speak unto them by parables saying But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard.
9 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
10 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir:
and went not.
11 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They
say unto him, The first. Joshua saith unto them,
Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of
God before you.
12 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
Joshua tells the parable of the wicked farmers
13 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
14 And at the season of the fruit drew near he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. but the husbandmen caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
15 And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
16 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it
may be they will reverence him when they see him.
when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the
heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.
they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord
of the vineyard do unto them?
shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others.
And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.
21 And he
beheld them, and said, unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the
same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is
marvellous in our eyes?
say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a
nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall
fall, it will grind him to powder.
Joshua tells the parable of the wedding feast
24 And Joshua answered and spake unto them again by parables,
25 The kingdom of heaven
is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
26 And sent forth his
servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
27 Again, he
sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have
prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are
ready: come unto the marriage.
they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his
the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and
destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were
ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the
those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as
they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a
he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding
garment? And he was speechless.
said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and
cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
many are called, but few are chosen. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived
that he spake of them.
38 They sought to lay hands on him
the same hour, but feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet
and they left him, and went their way.