The Bible in Its Traditions

Matthew 20:1–16

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"For the kingdom of heaven is like a certain landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.

“The kingdom of heaven is like the father of a family who went out in early morning to lead workers into his vineyard.

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And having agreed with the workers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

He bargained with the laborers for a penny a day, and sent them to his vineyard.

And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace.

And he went out at the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market place.

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And said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever may be right I will give you.' So they went.

and to them he said, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.

And he said to them, ‘You may go into my vineyard, too, and what I will give you will be just.’

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Again going out about the sixth and the ninth hour, he did likewise.

So they went forth. But again, he went out about the sixth, and about the ninth hour, and he acted similarly.

And he went out again at the sixth and at the ninth hour, and did the same.

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And about the eleventh hour, going out he found others standing idle, and said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?'

Yet truly, about the eleventh hour, he went out and found others standing, and he said to them, ‘Why have you stood here idle all day?’

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"They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you shall receive.'

They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard.

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"So when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.'

And when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the laborers, and pay them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, Call the laborers and pay them their wages; and begin from the last ones to the first.

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"And when those came [who were hired] about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius.

And so, when those who had arrived about the eleventh hour came forward, each received a single denarius.

When those of the eleventh hour came, they each received a penny.

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10  But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they also received each a denarius.

10  Then when the first ones also came forward, they considered that they would receive more. But they, too, received one denarius.

11  And when they had received it, they began grumbling against the landowner,

11  And upon receiving it, they murmured against the father of the family,

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12  saying, '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.'

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13  "But he answered one of them and said, 'Friend, I am not wronging you. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?

13  He answered and said to one of them, My friend, I am not doing you an injustice; did you not bargain with me for a penny?

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14  Take what is yours and go. But I want to give to this last [man] the same as to you.

14  Take up that which is thine, and go thy way; it is my will to give unto this last, even as unto thee.

14  Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.

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15  Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own [things]? Or is your eye evil because I am good?'

15  And is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Or is your eye wicked because I am good?’

15  Have I no right to do what I wish with mine own? Or are you jealous because I am generous?

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16  "Thus the last shall be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few [are ]chosen."

16  So the last shall be first, and the first last.

16  So then, the last shall be first, and the first shall be last. For many are called, but few are chosen.”