New International Version
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus' parables, they knew he was talking about them.
King James Bible
And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
Darby Bible Translation
And the chief priests and the Pharisees, having heard his parables, knew that he spoke about them.
World English Bible
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke about them.
Young's Literal Translation
And the chief priests and the Pharisees having heard his similes, knew that of them he speaketh,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The chief priests - perceived that he spoke of them - The most wholesome advice passes for an affront with those who have shut their hearts against the truth. When that which should lead to repentance only kindles the flame of malice and revenge, there is but little hope of the salvation of such persons.
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Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.'--MATT. xxi. 44. As Christ's ministry drew to its close, its severity and its gentleness both increased; its severity to the class to whom it was always severe, and its gentleness to the class from whom it never turned away. Side by side, through all His manifestation of Himself, there were the two aspects: 'He showed Himself froward' (if I may quote the word) to the self-righteous …
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Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.
Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed."
They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.
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