Although the Lord persistently sent you all the prophets, His servants, yet you have not listened and obeyed or [even] inclined your ear to hear.
For this reason also the wisdom of God said, I will send them prophets and apostles, [some] of whom they will put to death and persecute,
This is the one of whom it is written, Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, who shall make ready Your way before You.
Just as it is written in the prophet Isaiah: Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will make ready Your way -- "
Behold, I send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me. And the Lord [the Messiah], Whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; the Messenger or Angel of the covenant, Whom you desire, behold, He shall come, says the Lord of hosts.
When the fruit season drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his [share of the] fruit.
And sent his servants to summon those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they refused to come.
Again he sent other servants, saying, Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have prepared my banquet; my bullocks and my fat calves are killed, and everything is prepared; come to the wedding feast.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, murdering the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a mother fowl gathers her brood under her wings, and you refused!