Matthew 21:45
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New International Version
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus' parables, they knew he was talking about them.

New Living Translation
When the leading priests and Pharisees heard this parable, they realized he was telling the story against them--they were the wicked farmers.

English Standard Version
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them.

Berean Study Bible
When the chief priests and Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew He was speaking about them.

Berean Literal Bible
And the chief priests and the Pharisees, having heard His parables, knew that He speaks about them.

New American Standard Bible
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.

King James Bible
And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

Christian Standard Bible
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew he was speaking about them.

Contemporary English Version
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard these stories, they knew Jesus was talking about them.

Good News Translation
The chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus' parables and knew that he was talking about them,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they knew He was speaking about them.

International Standard Version
When the high priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was talking about them.

NET Bible
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them.

New Heart English Bible
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke about them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when the Chief Priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he had spoken against them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his illustrations, they knew that he was talking about them.

New American Standard 1977
And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And as the princes of the priests and Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke of them.

King James 2000 Bible
And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke of them.

American King James Version
And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke of them.

American Standard Version
And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they knew that he spoke of them.

Darby Bible Translation
And the chief priests and the Pharisees, having heard his parables, knew that he spoke about them.

English Revised Version
And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke of them.

Weymouth New Testament
After listening to His parables the High Priests and the Pharisees perceived that He was speaking 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,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
44He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.” 45When the chief priests and Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew He was speaking about them. 46Although they wanted to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, because they considered Jesus a prophet.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:3
And He told them many things in parables, saying, "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Matthew 21:44
He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed."

Matthew 21:46
Although they wanted to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, because they considered Jesus a prophet.

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(45) They perceived that he spake of them.--The real or affected unconsciousness of the drift of our Lord's teaching was at last broken through. The last words had been too clear and pointed to leave any room for doubt, and they were roused to a passionate desire for revenge.

Verse 45. - Pharisees. They have not been specially mentioned hitherto, but they formed the majority in the Sanhedrin, and are properly here named by the evangelist. He spake of them. They could not fail, especially after ver. 43, to see the drift of the parables; their own consciences must have made them feel that they themselves were herein signified, their motives and conduct fully discovered. But, as bad men always act, instead of repenting of the evil, they are only exasperated against him who detected them, and only desire the more to wreak their vengeance upon him. And when the chief priests and Pharisees,.... Which latter, though not before mentioned, were many of them of the grand sanhedrim, as well as the chief priests, scribes, and elders: "had heard his parables"; that of the two sons being sent into the vineyard, and that of the letting out the vineyard to husbandmen,

they perceived that he spake of them: they plainly saw that they were designed by the son, that promised to go into the vineyard, but did not; only talked of works, but did not do them: and that they were the husbandmen that acted the ungrateful part to the householder, and the cruel one to his servants, and would to his son, their own consciences told them they were the men. They knew that the whole was levelled against them, and designed for them, and exactly hit their case. 45. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables—referring to that of the Two Sons and this one of the Wicked Husbandmen.

they perceived that he spake of them.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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