Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
And He taught them many things in parables, and said to them in His teaching,
And the disciples, having come near, said to Him, "Wherefore dost Thou speak to them in parables?"
"But what think ye? A man had two children; and to the first, he said, 'Child, go, work today in the vineyard.'
And Jesus, answering, again spake to them in parables, saying,
And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God; but to the rest in parables; that, seeing, they may not see, and, hearing, they may not understand.
And they said to Him, "Where dost Thou wish that we make ready?"
"Hear another parable. There was a man?? householder??ho planted a vineyard, and placed a fence around it, and dug a wine-press, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went abroad.
And He began to speak to the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to husbandmen, and went abroad for a long time.
And He spake this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit thereon, and found none.
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.
And, if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them, and became a joint-partaker of the root and of the fatness of the Olive tree;
This is he who was in the assembly in the wilderness with the angel who spake to him on mount Sinai, and with our fathers; who received living oracles to give to us:
What, then, is the advantage of the Jew? Or what is the profit of circumcision?
who, indeed, are Israelites, whose is the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service, and the promises;
It is as when a man away from home, having left his house, and having given authority to his servants, to each his work, commanded also the porter to watch.
"For it is as when a man, going abroad, called his own servants, and delivered to them his goods:
And, not many days after, gathering all things together, the younger son went abroad into a far country, and there wasted his estate, living riotously.
He said, therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.