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41. They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
42 Jesus saith unto them, did ye never read in the friptures, The stone which the builders rejećted, the same is become the head of
40. When therefore, said Jesus, The Master of the Vineyard returns, what do you think will he do to these wicked Husbandmen? That is, when the time of God’s executing Judgment shall come, what punishment will he inflićt upon these incorrigible jews? 41. The Chief Priests and Elders, not yet understanding that this was the true intent of the Question, Answered; He will defroy without Mercy, those wicked Husbandmen, and let out his Vineyard to others who will serve him more faithfully: By which Answer they unawares gave Judgment against themselves with their own Mouths, that it was just for God to destroy the jews, and Reveal his Will to another People, who would obey it more sincerely. 42. jesus replied; ye have judged rightly; Even thus will God deal with you. And when the Chief of the jews, perceiving
* That Christ's being the Chief Corner-stone, fignifies not only his being Head of the Church, to which Sense it seems to be applied, Ails 4. 1. but that it also signifies his uniting the Gentiles to the Church, is evident from Eph. 2. 20. compared with the foregoing and following Verses; and
that Sense seems to fit much better in this place.
46 And falling into a great rage, they were even ready to apprehend # ; But they were araid the People would rescue him, who all look’d upon him to be a great Prophet sent from God; and therefore for that time they forbore.
46 But when they
sought to lay hands ;
on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
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