Matthew 21:37
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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.’

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.

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.'

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.'

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;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But last of all,.... In the last times, in the last days, in the end of the world, the Jewish world, at the close of their ecclesiastic and civil state; after all the prophets had been sent, and finished their course, came the greatest prophet of all, to seal up the vision and prophecy:

he sent unto them son; not a servant as before, but a son; his own son, his only begotten son, the son of his love, his dearly beloved one; him he sent to these husbandmen the Jews. The Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, was sent only to the house of Israel: he was the minister of the circumcision; he was the great prophet raised up among them, and was sent to bless them, by turning them from their iniquities; he came to them, to his own, to them of his own nation, but they received him not:

saying, they will reverence my son. The Son of God is to be reverenced equally as his Father, since he is in nature and glory equal to him; and it is the will of his Father he should be so reverenced, as he is by the angels in heaven, and by the saints, both in heaven and in earth; but did these husbandmen reverence him? no; they despised and rejected him; they reproached and traduced him, as the vilest of men, and used him in the most cruel and barbarous manner. And did not his Father know this? yes; this is certain from his omniscience, which reaches to all future events, the most minute and contingent; and from the predictions of the usage of these persons of him, delivered long before it came to pass. Luke says, "it may be they will reverence him": so that it was not a positive affirmation, that they would do it, and which also is to be understood after the manner of men: that humanly speaking, it might be expected that they would give him reverence, in consideration of the dignity of his person, his character, and relation to God, which was his due and their duty; but he had a very different treatment from them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

37. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son—In Mark (Mr 12:6) this is most touchingly expressed: "Having yet therefore one son, His well-beloved, He sent Him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence My Son." Luke's version of it too (Lu 20:13) is striking: "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." Who does not see that our Lord here severs Himself, by the sharpest line of demarcation, from all merely human messengers, and claims for Himself Sonship in its loftiest sense? (Compare Heb 3:3-6). The expression, "It may be they will reverence My Son," is designed to teach the almost unimaginable guilt of not reverentially welcoming God's Son.

Matthew 21:37 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
36"Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them. 37"But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 38"But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.'…
Cross References
Matthew 21:36
Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.

Matthew 21:38
"But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him and take his inheritance.'
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But last of all he sent to them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

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Matthew 3:17 And see a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom …

Mark 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his well beloved, he sent him also …

Luke 20:13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send …

John 1:18,34 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is …

John 3:16,35,36 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that …

Hebrews 1:1,2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past …

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Isaiah 5:4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done …

Jeremiah 36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I …

Zephaniah 3:7 I said, Surely you will fear me, you will receive instruction; so …

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