So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.
When they received it, they began to grumble1 against the landowner.
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'These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat2 of the day.'
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"But he answered one of them, 'Friend,3 I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius?
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Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you.
Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'4
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"So the last will be first, and the first will be last."5
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Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them,
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"We are going up to Jerusalem,6 and the Son of Man7 will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.8 They will condemn him to death
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and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged9 and crucified.10 On the third day11 he will be raised to life!"12
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Then the mother of Zebedee's sons13 came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down,14 asked a favor of him.
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