Matthew 21:37
New International Version
Last of all, he sent his son to them. 'They will respect my son,' he said.

New Living Translation
“Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’

English Standard Version
Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

Berean Study Bible
Finally, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.

Berean Literal Bible
And afterward he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'

New American Standard Bible
"But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'

King James Bible
But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

Christian Standard Bible
Finally, he sent his son to them. 'They will respect my son,' he said.

Contemporary English Version
Finally, the owner sent his own son to the renters, because he thought they would respect him.

Good News Translation
Last of all he sent his son to them. 'Surely they will respect my son,' he said.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Finally, he sent his son to them. They will respect my son,' he said.

International Standard Version
Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.'

NET Bible
Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'

New Heart English Bible
But afterward he sent to them his son, saying, 'They will respect my son.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Finally, he sent to them his son as he said, 'Doubtless they will reverence my son.'”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Finally, he sent his son to them. He thought, 'They will respect my son.'

New American Standard 1977
“But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

King James 2000 Bible
But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will respect my son.

American King James Version
But last of all he sent to them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

American Standard Version
But afterward he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And last of all he sent to them his son, saying: They will reverence my son.

Darby Bible Translation
And at last he sent to them his son, saying, They will have respect for my son.

English Revised Version
But afterward he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

Webster's Bible Translation
But last of all he sent to them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

Weymouth New Testament
Later still he sent to them his son, saying, "'They will respect my son.'

World English Bible
But afterward he sent to them his son, saying, 'They will respect my son.'

Young's Literal Translation
'And at last he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son;
Study Bible
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
36Again, he sent other servants, more than the first group. But the tenants did the same to them. 37Finally, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and take his inheritance.’…
Cross References
Matthew 21:36
Again, he sent other servants, more than the first group. But the tenants did the same to them.

Matthew 21:38
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and take his inheritance.'

Treasury of Scripture

But last of all he sent to them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

last.

Matthew 3:17
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Mark 12:6
Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.

Luke 20:13
Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.

They.

Isaiah 5:4
What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?

Jeremiah 36:3
It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.

Zephaniah 3:7
I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.







Lexicon
Finally,
Ὕστερον (Hysteron)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5305: Lastly, afterward, later. Neuter of husteros as adverb; more lately, i.e. Eventually.

he sent
ἀπέστειλεν (apesteilen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 649: From apo and stello; set apart, i.e. to send out literally or figuratively.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

son
υἱὸν (huion)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5207: A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a 'son', used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.

to
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

them.
αὐτοὺς (autous)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

‘They will respect
Ἐντραπήσονται (Entrapēsontai)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1788: From en and the base of trope; to invert, i.e. in a good sense, to respect; or in a bad one, to confound.

my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

son,’
υἱόν (huion)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5207: A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a 'son', used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.

he said.
λέγων (legōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.
(37) Last of all.--The variations in the other Gospels are noticeable as more vivid and dramatic. "He had yet one son, his beloved" (Mark 12:6). "He said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son, it may be they will reverence him" (Luke 20:13). The language of deliberation and doubt is evidently inapplicable, except by a bold anthropomorphism, to divine acts, but it sets forth (1) the gradually ascending scale of those who were sent, culminating in a difference not of degree only, but of kind, like the contrast between the prophets and the Son in Hebrews 1:1-2; and (2) the employment by God, in His long-suffering pity, of all possible means to lead His people to repentance.

Verse 37. - Last of all; ὕστερον: afterwards, later on. The parable now allegorizes the near present, and future, in such a way as for the moment to conceal its bearing, and to lead the hearers to pronounce their own condemnation: His son. Even Jesus Christ, who was now among them, incarnate, teaching, and demanding of them fruits of righteousness. Here was the authorization which they had required (ver. 23). God sent his Son. They will reverence my Son. God condescends to speak in human language, as hoping for a good result from this last effort for man's salvation. He, as it were, puts aside his foreknowledge, and gives scope to man's free will. Though the sad issue is known to him, he often acts towards men as if he had hope that they would still use the occasion profitably. In the present case, whereas the immediate result of the last measure was disastrous, the expectation was ultimately realized in the conversion of many Jews to Christianity, which led to the bringing of all nations to the obedience of the faith. 21:33-46 This parable plainly sets forth the sin and ruin of the Jewish nation; and what is spoken to convict them, is spoken to caution all that enjoy the privileges of the outward church. As men treat God's people, they would treat Christ himself, if he were with them. How can we, if faithful to his cause, expect a favourable reception from a wicked world, or from ungodly professors of Christianity! And let us ask ourselves, whether we who have the vineyard and all its advantages, render fruits in due season, as a people, as a family, or as separate persons. Our Saviour, in his question, declares that the Lord of the vineyard will come, and when he comes he will surely destroy the wicked. The chief priests and the elders were the builders, and they would not admit his doctrine or laws; they threw him aside as a despised stone. But he who was rejected by the Jews, was embraced by the Gentiles. Christ knows who will bring forth gospel fruits in the use of gospel means. The unbelief of sinners will be their ruin. But God has many ways of restraining the remainders of wrath, as he has of making that which breaks out redound to his praise. May Christ become more and more precious to our souls, as the firm Foundation and Cornerstone of his church. May we be willing to follow him, though despised and hated for his sake.
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