Laborers in the Vineyard

1 "For 1the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his 2vineyard.

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    • a 20:1 - Lit "a man, a landowner"
      2 "When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.

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        • b 20:2 - The denarius was a day's wages
          3 "And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the market place;

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            • c 20:3 - I.e. 9 a.m.
              4 and to those he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever * is right I will give you.' And so they went.
              5 "Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did the same thing.

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                • d 20:5 - I.e. noon and 3 p.m.
                • e 20:5 - Lit "similarly"
                  6 "And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day long?'

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                    • f 20:6 - I.e. 5 p.m.
                      7 "They said to him, 'Because no one hired us.' He said to them, 'You go into the vineyard too.'
                      8 "When 3evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his 4foreman, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last group to the first.'

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                      9 "When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a denarius.

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                        • h 20:9 - The denarius was a day's wages
                          10 "When those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius.

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                            • i 20:10 - Lit "each one a denarius"
                              11 "When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner,
                              12 saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the 5scorching heat of the day.'

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                              13 "But he answered and said to one of them, '6Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?

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                              14 'Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.
                              15 'Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your 7eye envious because I am generous?'

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                                  16 "So 8the last shall be first, and the first last."

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                                  Death, Resurrection Foretold

                                  17 9As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and on the way He said to them,

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                                  18 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man 10will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death,

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                                    • l 20:18 - Or "betrayed"
                                      19 and 11will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on 12the third day He will be raised up."

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                                      Preferment Asked

                                      20 13Then the mother of 14the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, 15bowing down and making a request of Him.

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                                      21 And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She said to Him, "Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine 16may sit one on Your right and one on Your left."

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                                      22 But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able 17to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They said to Him, "We are able."

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                                      23 He said to them, "18My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right and on My left, this is not Mine to give, 19but it is for those for whom it has been 20prepared by My Father."

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                                      24 And hearing this, the ten became indignant with the two brothers.
                                      25 21But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.

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                                      26 "It is not this way among you, 22but whoever * wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,

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                                      27 and whoever * wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;
                                      28 just as 23the Son of Man 24did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

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                                      Sight for the Blind

                                      29 25As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him.

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                                      30 And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, "Lord, 26have mercy on us, 27Son of David!"

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                                      31 The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, "Lord, 28Son of David, have mercy on us!"

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                                      32 And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, "What do you want Me to do for you?"
                                      33 They said to Him, "Lord, we want our eyes to be opened."
                                      34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.