34And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
34 Verse 34. He sent his servants] Prophets, which, from time to
time, he sent to the Jewish nation to call both priests and people
back to the purity of his holy religion.
Receive the fruits of it.] Alluding to the ancient custom of
paying the rent of a farm in kind; that is, by a part of the
produce of the farm. This custom anciently prevailed in most
nations; and still prevails in the highlands of Scotland, and in
some other places. The Boldon book, a survey made of the state of
the bishopric of Durham in 1183, shows how much of the rents was
paid in cows, sheep, pigs, fowls, eggs, &c., the remaining part
being made up chiefly by manual labour.