“He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.”
King James Version (KJV)
20:16 He will destroy these husbandmen - Probably he pointed to the scribes, chief priests, and elders: who allowed, he will miserably destroy those wicked men, #Mt 21:41|; but could not bear that this should be applied to themselves. They might also mean, God forbid that we should be guilty of such a crime as your parable seems to charge us with, namely, rejecting and killing the heir. Our Saviour answers, But yet will ye do it, as is prophesied of you.