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.

References for Matthew 20:1

    • 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.

      References for Matthew 20:2

        • 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;

          References for Matthew 20:3

            • 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.

              References for Matthew 20:5

                • 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?'

                  References for Matthew 20:6

                    • 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.

                      References for Matthew 20:9

                        • 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.

                          References for Matthew 20:10

                            • 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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