1"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.2Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.3And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,4and said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went.5Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.6And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day?'7They said to him, 'Because no one hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.' 8So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, 'Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.'9And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius.10But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius.11And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner,12saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.'13But he answered one of them and said, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?14Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.15Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?'16So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen."
1And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,2"Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them."3So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran according to the command of the Lord, all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel.4Now these were their names: from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur;5from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori;6from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh;7from the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph;8from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun;9from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu;10from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi;11from the tribe of Joseph, that is, from the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi;12from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli;13from the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael;14from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi;15from the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.16These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua.17Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, "Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains,18and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many;19whether the land they dwell in is good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds;20whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land." Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.21So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath.22And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)23Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs.24The place was called the Valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down there.25And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.26Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.27Then they told him, and said: "We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.28Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.29The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan."30Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it."31But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we."32And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.33There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."
1So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.2And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, "If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!3Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?"4So they said to one another, "Let us select a leader and return to Egypt."5Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.6But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;7and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: "The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.8If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.' 9Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them."10And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.11Then the Lord said to Moses: "How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?12I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they."13And Moses said to the Lord: "Then the Egyptians will hear it, for by Your might You brought these people up from among them,14and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are among these people; that You, Lord, are seen face to face and Your cloud stands above them, and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.15Now if You kill these people as one man, then the nations which have heard of Your fame will speak, saying,16'Because the Lord was not able to bring this people to the land which He swore to give them, therefore He killed them in the wilderness.'17And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying,18'The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.' 19Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now."20Then the Lord said: "I have pardoned, according to your word;21but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord--22because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice,23they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.24But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.25Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea."26And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,27"How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me.28Say to them, 'As I live,' says the Lord, 'just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you:29The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.30Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.31But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised.32But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness.33And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness.34According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection.35I the Lord have spoken this; I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.' "36Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land,37those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord.38But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive, of the men who went to spy out the land.39Then Moses told these words to all the children of Israel, and the people mourned greatly.40And they rose early in the morning and went up to the top of the mountain, saying, "Here we are, and we will go up to the place which the Lord has promised, for we have sinned!"41And Moses said, "Now why do you transgress the command of the Lord? For this will not succeed.42Do not go up, lest you be defeated by your enemies, for the Lord is not among you.43For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword; because you have turned away from the Lord, the Lord will not be with you."44But they presumed to go up to the mountaintop; nevertheless, neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses departed from the camp.45Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah.
1For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by anything they see before them.2All things come alike to all: One event happens to the righteous and the wicked; To the good, the clean, and the unclean; To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; He who takes an oath as he who fears an oath.3This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.4But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.5For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.6Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun.7Go, eat your bread with joy, And drink your wine with a merry heart; For God has already accepted your works.8Let your garments always be white, And let your head lack no oil.9Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.10Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.11I returned and saw under the sun that-- The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all.12For man also does not know his time: Like fish taken in a cruel net, Like birds caught in a snare, So the sons of men are snared in an evil time, When it falls suddenly upon them.