Matthew 20:10

10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.

Read Matthew 20:10 Using Other Translations

But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius.
When those hired first came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more. But they, too, were paid a day’s wage.

What does Matthew 20:10 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 20:10

But when the first came
Who were early hired into the vineyard; and design either the first saints that were in the world; or the Jews that first believed in Christ, either really or nominally; or such, who were called by grace in their early days:

they supposed,
or "hoped", as the Syriac version renders it,

that they should have received more;
than a penny, a greater reward: not that they could expect it on the foot of their agreement, or on account of their work; but because they observed, that they that came last into the vineyard, had as much as they agreed for; and therefore hoped, from the goodness of their Lord to them, that they should receive more:

and they likewise received every man a penny;
the selfsame privileges of the Gospel, and a title to the selfsame reward of free grace, the selfsame glory and happiness.

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