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Matthew 20

ESV 1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. MSG 1 "God's kingdom is like an estate manager who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. ESV 2 After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. MSG 2 They agreed on a wage of a dollar a day, and went to work. ESV 3 And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, MSG 3 "Later, about nine o'clock, the manager saw some other men hanging around the town square unemployed. ESV 4 and to them he said, 'You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.' MSG 4 He told them to go to work in his vineyard and he would pay them a fair wage. ESV 5 So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. MSG 5 They went. ESV 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?' MSG 6 At five o'clock he went back and found still others standing around. He said, 'Why are you standing around all day doing nothing? ESV 7 They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You go into the vineyard too.' MSG 7 ' "They said, 'Because no one hired us.' "He told them to go to work in his vineyard. ESV 8 And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.' MSG 8 "When the day's work was over, the owner of the vineyard instructed his foreman, 'Call the workers in and pay them their wages. Start with the last hired and go on to the first.' ESV 9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. MSG 9 "Those hired at five o'clock came up and were each given a dollar. ESV 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. MSG 10 When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed they would get far more. But they got the same, each of them one dollar. ESV 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, MSG 11 Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to the manager, ESV 12 saying, 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' MSG 12 'These last workers put in only one easy hour, and you just made them equal to us, who slaved all day under a scorching sun.' ESV 13 But he replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? MSG 13 "He replied to the one speaking for the rest, 'Friend, I haven't been unfair. We agreed on the wage of a dollar, didn't we? ESV 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. MSG 14 So take it and go. I decided to give to the one who came last the same as you. ESV 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?' MSG 15 Can't I do what I want with my own money? Are you going to get stingy because I am generous?' ESV 16 So the last will be first, and the first last." MSG 16 "Here it is again, the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first." ESV 17 And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, MSG 17 Jesus, now well on the way up to Jerusalem, took the Twelve off to the side of the road and said, ESV 18 "See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death MSG 18 "Listen to me carefully. We are on our way up to Jerusalem. When we get there, the Son of Man will be betrayed to the religious leaders and scholars. They will sentence him to death. ESV 19 and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day." MSG 19 They will then hand him over to the Romans for mockery and torture and crucifixion. On the third day he will be raised up alive." ESV 20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. MSG 20 It was about that time that the mother of the Zebedee brothers came with her two sons and knelt before Jesus with a request. ESV 21 And he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom." MSG 21 "What do you want?" Jesus asked. She said, "Give your word that these two sons of mine will be awarded the highest places of honor in your kingdom, one at your right hand, one at your left hand." ESV 22 Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?" They said to him, "We are able." MSG 22 Jesus responded, "You have no idea what you're asking." And he said to James and John, "Are you capable of drinking the cup that I'm about to drink?" They said, "Sure, why not?" ESV 23 He said to them, "You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father." MSG 23 Jesus said, "Come to think of it, you are going to drink my cup. But as to awarding places of honor, that's not my business. My Father is taking care of that." ESV 24 And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. MSG 24 When the ten others heard about this, they lost their tempers, thoroughly disgusted with the two brothers. ESV 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. MSG 25 So Jesus got them together to settle things down. He said, "You've observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. ESV 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, MSG 26 It's not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. ESV 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, MSG 27 Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. ESV 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." MSG 28 That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served - and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage." ESV 29 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. MSG 29 As they were leaving Jericho, a huge crowd followed. ESV 30 And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" MSG 30 Suddenly they came upon two blind men sitting alongside the road. When they heard it was Jesus passing, they cried out, "Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!" ESV 31 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" MSG 31 The crowd tried to hush them up, but they got all the louder, crying, "Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!" ESV 32 And stopping, Jesus called them and said, "What do you want me to do for you?" MSG 32 Jesus stopped and called over, "What do you want from me?" ESV 33 They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." MSG 33 They said, "Master, we want our eyes opened. We want to see!" ESV 34 And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him. MSG 34 Deeply moved, Jesus touched their eyes. They had their sight back that very instant, and joined the procession.

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