Luke 20:17
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New International Version
Jesus looked directly at them and asked, "Then what is the meaning of that which is written: "'The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone'?

New Living Translation
Jesus looked at them and said, "Then what does this Scripture mean? 'The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.'

English Standard Version
But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?

New American Standard Bible
But Jesus looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone'?

King James Bible
And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But He looked at them and said, "Then what is the meaning of this Scripture: The stone that the builders rejected-- this has become the cornerstone?

International Standard Version
But Jesus looked at them and asked, "What does this text mean: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone'?

NET Bible
But Jesus looked straight at them and said, "Then what is the meaning of that which is written: 'The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone'?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he gazed upon them and he said, “And what is this that is written: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner'”?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jesus looked straight at them and asked, "What, then, does this Scripture verse mean: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone'?

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he beheld them and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?

King James 2000 Bible
And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?

American King James Version
And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?

American Standard Version
But he looked upon them, and said, What then is this that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he looking on them, said: What is this then that is written, The stone, which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?

Darby Bible Translation
But he looking at them said, What then is this that is written, The stone which they that builded rejected, this has become the corner-stone?

English Revised Version
But he looked upon them, and said, What then is this that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner?

Webster's Bible Translation
And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?

Weymouth New Testament
He looked at them and said, "What then does that mean which is written, "'The Stone which the builders rejected has been made the cornerstone'?

World English Bible
But he looked at them, and said, "Then what is this that is written, 'The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the chief cornerstone?'

Young's Literal Translation
and he, having looked upon them, said, 'What, then, is this that hath been written: A stone that the builders rejected -- this became head of a corner?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:9-19 Christ spake this parable against those who resolved not to own his authority, though the evidence of it was so full. How many resemble the Jews who murdered the prophets and crucified Christ, in their enmity to God, and aversion to his service, desiring to live according to their lusts, without control! Let all who are favoured with God's word, look to it that they make proper use of their advantages. Awful will be the doom, both of those who reject the Son, and of those who profess to reverence Him, yet render not the fruits in due season. Though they could not but own that for such a sin, such a punishment was just, yet they could not bear to hear of it. It is the folly of sinners, that they persevere in sinful ways, though they dread the destruction at the end of those ways.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 17, 18. - And he beheld them, and said, What is this then thai; is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. In spite of the deprecating expression, the severity of the tone of Jesus increases in his next words, when, looking at them with grave anger (ἐμβλέψας), he proceeds to speak of himself under the figure of the rejected stone. Quoting a well-known psalm (Psalm 118:22), and using the imagery of Isaiah 8:14, 15 and Daniel 2:44, he describes his fortunes under the imago of a corner-stone - that stone which forms the junction between the two most prominent walls of a building, and which is always laid with peculiar care and attention. In Luke 2:34 of our Gospel Simeon refers to the same well-known prophetic saying. The husbandmen who had just been described as vine-dressers are now described as builders, and the murdered son is reproduced under the image of a corner, stone tossed aside as useless. In the first part of the picture, the earthly humiliation of Messiah is portrayed when the stone is laid in the earth. In the second, the stone falling from the top of the building represents the crushing of all earthly opposition by Messiah in his glory. Woe to the builders, then, who had scornfully rejected him

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he beheld them,.... Looked very earnestly and wistly at them, speaking as it were by his looks, signifying, that verily so it would be, as he had said; that they would reject the Messiah, and put him to death, and bring utter ruin upon themselves, and deprive their posterity of many advantages and privileges:

and said, what is this then that is written; that is, what else is the meaning of such a Scripture? is not the sense of that perfectly agreeable to what has been said, that the Messiah shall be rejected by the principal men among the Jews in church and state, and yet he shall be exalted, who will then take vengeance on them?

the stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? The passage is in Psalm 118:22. See Gill on Matthew 21:42.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17-19. written—(in Ps 118:22, 23. See on [1709]Lu 19:38). The Kingdom of God is here a Temple, in the erection of which a certain stone, rejected as unsuitable by the spiritual builders, is, by the great Lord of the House, made the keystone of the whole. On that Stone the builders were now "falling" and being "broken" (Isa 8:15), "sustaining great spiritual hurt; but soon that Stone should fall upon them and grind them to powder" (Da 2:34, 35; Zec 12:3)—in their corporate capacity in the tremendous destruction of Jerusalem, but personally, as unbelievers, in a more awful sense still.

Luke 20:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
16"He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others." When they heard it, they said, "May it never be!" 17But Jesus looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone'? 18"Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust."
Cross References
Psalm 118:22
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

Isaiah 28:16
So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.

Zechariah 10:4
From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler.

Matthew 21:42
Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: "'The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?

Ephesians 2:20
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

1 Peter 2:6
For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
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