He hath “planted” a vine of which Isaiah speaks, “The vine of the Lord of Hosts is the house of Israel.” And “hedged it round about;” i.e. either the wall of the city, or the guardianship of Angels.
“A winepress,” that is to say, An altar; or those winepresses after which the three Psalms, the 8th, the 80th, and the 83rd are entitled, that is to say, the martyrs.
“And built a tower therein,” that is, the Temple, of which it is said by Micah, "And thou, O cloudy tower of the daughter of Sion.”.
Not a change of place, for God, by whom all things are filled, cannot be absent from any place; but He seems to be absent from the vineyard, that He may leave the vine-dressers a freedom of acting.
Beat them, as Jeremiah, killed them, as Isaiah, stoned them, as Naboth and Zacharias, whom they slew between the temple and the altar.
But when He says, “They will reverence my Son,” He does not speak as in ignorance. For what is there that this householder (by whom in this place Godis intended) knows ...