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.
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
At last, they perceived that he spoke of them, and would have gratified their malice at once but they feared the people.
Remarks On Matthew 21
1. Jesus is omniscient, and sees and knows all things, Matthew 21:2.
2. It is our duty to obey the Lord Jesus, and to do it at once, Matthew 21:3. When He commands there should be no delay. What he orders is right, and we should not hesitate or deliberate about it.
3. Especially is this the case where He is to be honored, as he was on this occasion, Matthew 21:3, Matthew 21:8. If it was for "our" interest or honor only that we obeyed him, it would be of less consequence; but our obedience will honor Him, and we should seek that honor by any sacrifice or self-denial.
4. We should be willing to give up our property to honor the Lord Jesus, Matthew 21:3. He has a right to it. If given to spread the gospel, it goes, as this did, to increase "the triumphs of our King." We should be willing to give our wealth that he might "gird on his sword," and "ride prosperously among the heathen." Everyone who is saved among the pagan by sending the gospel to them will be for the honor of Jesus. They will go to swell his train when he shall enter triumphantly into his kingdom at the day of judgment.
5. It is our duty to honor him, Matthew 21:7-9. He is King of Zion. He is Lord of all. He reigns, and shall always reign.
"Sinners! Whose love can ne'er forget
The wormwood and the gall,
Go spread your trophies at his feet,
And crown him Lord of all.
"Ye chosen seed of Israel's race;
Ye ransomed from the fall;
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
LibraryThe vineyard and Its Keepers
'Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 34. And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. 35. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 36. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Christ and the Unstable.
Synopsis. --A Clearer Conception of Miracle Approached. --Works of Jesus once Reputed Miraculous not So Reputed Now
Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.
And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow;
"And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust."
When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.
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