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Matthew 20 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "For the Kingdom of Heaven is like the owner of an estate who went out early one morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard.
2 He agreed to pay the normal daily wage and sent them out to work. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3 "At nine o'clock in the morning he was passing through the marketplace and saw some people standing around doing nothing. 3 "About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.
4 So he hired them, telling them he would pay them whatever was right at the end of the day. 4 He told them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.'
5 At noon and again around three o'clock he did the same thing. 5 So they went. "He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing.
6 At five o'clock that evening he was in town again and saw some more people standing around. He asked them, 'Why haven't you been working today?' 6 About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?'
7 "They replied, 'Because no one hired us.'"The owner of the estate told them, 'Then go on out and join the others in my vineyard.' 7 " 'Because no one has hired us,' they answered. "He said to them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard.'
8 "That evening he told the foreman to call the workers in and pay them, beginning with the last workers first. 8 "When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.'
9 When those hired at five o'clock were paid, each received a full day's wage. 9 "The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius.
10 When those hired earlier came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more. But they, too, were paid a day's wage. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.
11 When they received their pay, they protested, 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.
12 'Those people worked only one hour, and yet you've paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat.' 12 '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 heat of the day.'
13 "He answered one of them, 'Friend, I haven't been unfair! Didn't you agree to work all day for the usual wage? 13 "But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius?
14 Take it and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you. 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you.
15 Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be angry because I am kind?' 15 Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'
16 "And so it is, that many who are first now will be last then; and those who are last now will be first then." 16 "So the last will be first, and the first will be last."
17 As Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him. 17 Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them,
18 "When we get to Jerusalem," he said, "the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die. 18 "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death
19 Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, whipped, and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead." 19 and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"
20 Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. 20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.
21 "What is your request?" he asked. She replied, "In your Kingdom, will you let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one at your right and the other at your left?" 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."
22 But Jesus told them, "You don't know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of sorrow I am about to drink?" "Oh yes," they replied, "we are able!" 22 "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered.
23 "You will indeed drink from it," he told them. "But I have no right to say who will sit on the thrones next to mine. My Father has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen." 23 Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup, 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."
24 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.
25 But Jesus called them together and said, "You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. 25 Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.
26 But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
27 and whoever wants to be first must become your slave. 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave--
28 For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many." 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
29 As Jesus and the disciples left the city of Jericho, a huge crowd followed behind. 29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.
30 Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"
31 The crowd told them to be quiet, but they only shouted louder, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" 31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"
32 Jesus stopped in the road and called, "What do you want me to do for you?" 32 Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.
33 "Lord," they said, "we want to see!" 33 "Lord," they answered, "we want our sight."
34 Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him. 34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.