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Matthew 20:13-23 (New International Version)

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13 "But he answered one of them, 'Friend,1 I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'2 16 "So the last will be first, and the first will be last."3

Jesus Again Predicts His Death

20:17-19pp -- Mk 10:32-34; Lk 18:31-33

17 Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, 18 "We are going up to Jerusalem,4 and the Son of Man5 will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.6 They will condemn him to death 19 and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged7 and crucified.8 On the third day9 he will be raised to life!"10

A Mother's Request

20:20-28pp -- Mk 10:35-45

20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons11 came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down,12 asked a favor of him. 21 "What is it you want?" he asked. She said, "Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom."13 22 "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup14 I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered. 23 Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup,15 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father."
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