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Luke: 20
9He went on to tell the people this parable: 'A man planted a vineyard, let it out to vine-growers, and went abroad for a long time. 10When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce; but the tenants thrashed him and sent him away empty-handed. 11He tried again and sent a second servant; but he also was thrashed, outrageously treated, and sent away empty-handed. 12He tried once more with a third; this one too they wounded and flung out. 13Then the owner of the vineyard said, "What am I to do? I will send my own dear son; [Or: my only son.] perhaps they will respect him." 14But when the tenants saw him they talked it over together. "This is the heir," they said; "let us kill him so that the property may come to us." 15So they flung him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16He will come and put these tenants to death and let the vineyard to others.'
17When they heard this, they said, 'God forbid!' But he looked straight at them and said, 'Then what does this text of Scripture mean: "The stone which the builders rejected has become the main corner-stone"? 18Any man who falls on that stone will be dashed to pieces; and if it falls on a man he will be crushed by it.'
19The lawyers and chief priests wanted to lay hands on him there and then, for they saw that this parable was aimed at them; but they were afraid of the people.

Matthew: 21
33'Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard: he put a wall round it, hewed out a winepress, and built a watch-tower; then he let it out to vine-growers and went abroad. 34When the vintage season approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect the produce due to him. 35But they took his servants and thrashed one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36Again, he sent other servants, this time a larger number; and they did the same to them. 37At last he sent to them his son. "They will respect my son", he said. 38But when they saw the son the tenants said to one another, "This is the heir; come on, let us kill him, and get his inheritance." 39And they took him, flung him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40When the owner of the vineyard comes, how do you think he will deal with those tenants?' 41'He will bring those bad men to a bad end', they answered, 'and hand the vineyard over to other tenants, who will let him have his share of the crop when the season comes.' 42Then Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the scriptures: "The stone which the builders rejected has become the main corner-stone. This is the Lord's doing, and it is wonderful in our eyes"? 43Therefore, I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and given to a nation that yields the proper fruit.'" 44[Some witnesses add: (44) Any man who falls on this stone will be dashed to pieces; and if it falls on a man he will be crushed by it.] 45When the chief priests and Pharisees heard his parables, they saw that he was referring to them; 46they wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the people, who looked on Jesus as a prophet.

Mark: 12
1He went on to speak to them in parables: 'A man planted a vineyard and put a wall round it, hewed out a winepress, and built a watch-tower; then he let it out to vine-growers and went abroad. 2When the vintage season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce. 3But they took him, thrashed him, and sent him away empty-handed. 4Again, he sent them another servant, whom they beat about the head and treated outrageously. 5So he sent another, and that one they killed; and many more besides, of whom they beat some, and killed others. 6He had now only one left to send, his own dear son. [Or: his only son.] In the end he sent him. "They will respect my son", he said. 7But the tenants said to one another, "This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the property will be ours." 8So they seized him and killed him, and flung his body out of the vineyard. 9What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and put the tenants to death and give the vineyard to others.
10'Can it be that you have never read this text: "The stone which the builders rejected has become the main corner-stone. 11This is the Lord's doing, and it is wonderful in our eyes"?' 12Then they began to look for a way to arrest him, for they saw that the parable was aimed at them; but they were afraid of the people, so they left him alone and went away.

Notes: The most generally known harmonies of the Gospels are based upon the Huck-Lietzmann Synopsis (1936) of the three gospels and Sparks' Synopsis (1964) of four gospels. Many of the passages in these harmonies are too short to display in a useful manner on a web-page.
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