The last first and the first last (oi escatoi prwtoi kai oi prwtoi escatoi). The adjectives change places as compared with Matthew 19:30 . The point is the same, though this order suits the parable better. After all one's work does not rest wholly on the amount of time spent on it. "Even so hath Rabbi Bun bar Chija in twenty-eight years wrought more than many studious scholars in a hundred years" (Jer. Berak. ii. 5c).