Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to farmers…
Years ago in Mentone they estimated the value of land by the number of olive-trees upon it. How many bearers of the precious oil were yielding their produce? That was the question which settled the value of the plot. Is not this the true way of estimating the importance of a Christian Church? Mere size is no criterion; wealth is even a more deceiving measure, and rank and education are no better. How many are bearing fruit unto the Lord in holy living, in devout intercession, in earnest efforts for soul winning, and in other methods by which fruit is brought forth unto the Lord?
(Sword and Trowel.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.
WEB: He began to tell the people this parable. "A man planted a vineyard, and rented it out to some farmers, and went into another country for a long time.