'Farmers' in the Bible
But the commander of the guards left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and farmers.
Since he had many cattle both in the Judean foothills and the plain, he built towers in the desert and dug many wells. And since he was a lover of the soil, he had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands.
The ground is crackedsince no rain has fallen on the land.The farmers are ashamed;they cover their heads.
Judah and all its cities will live in it together—also farmers and those who move with the flocks—
But some of the poorest people of the land Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, left to be vinedressers and farmers.
Be ashamed, you farmers,wail, you vinedressers,over the wheat and the barley,because the harvest of the field has perished.
“Listen to another parable: There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower. He leased it to tenant farmers and went away.
When the grape harvest drew near, he sent his slaves to the farmers to collect his fruit.
But the farmers took his slaves, beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.
“But when the tenant farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance!’
Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?”
“He will completely destroy those terrible men,” they told Him, “and lease his vineyard to other farmers who will give him his produce at the harvest.”
Then He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug out a pit for a winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went away.
At harvest time he sent a slave to the farmers to collect some of the fruit of the vineyard from the farmers.
“But those tenant farmers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’
“Therefore, what will the ownerof the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the farmers and give the vineyard to others.
Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went away for a long time.
At harvest time he sent a slave to the farmers so that they might give him some fruit from the vineyard. But the farmers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
“But when the tenant farmers saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, ‘This is the heir. Let’s kill him, so the inheritance will be ours!’