1"For 1the kingdom of heaven is likeaa landownerwhowent out early in the morning to hirelaborers for his 2vineyard.2"When he had agreed with the laborers for a bdenarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.3"And he went out about the cthirdhour and sawothersstandingidle in the marketplace ;4and to those he said, 'You alsogo into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' And so they went.5"Again he went out about the dsixth and the ninthhour, and didethe samething.6"And about the feleventh hour he went out and foundothersstanding around; and he said to them, 'Why have you been standinghereidleallday long?'7"They said to him, 'Becausenoonehired us.' He said to them, 'You go into the vineyardtoo.'8"When 3eveningcame, the gowner of the vineyardsaid to his 4foreman, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last group to the first.'9"Whenthose hired about the eleventhhourcame, eachonereceived a hdenarius.10"When those hired firstcame, they thought that they would receivemore ; ibut each of them alsoreceived a denarius.11"When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner,12saying, 'Theselastmen have worked only onehour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the 5scorchingheat of the day.'13"But he answered and said to one of them, '6Friend, I am doing you nowrong ; did you not agree with me for a denarius ?14'Takewhat is yours and go, but I wish to give to thislastman the same as to you.15'Is it not lawful for me to dowhat I wish with what is my own ? Or is your 7eyejenviousbecause I amkgenerous ?'16"So8the last shall be first, and the firstlast."