The Bible in Its Traditions

Matthew 20:1–34

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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.”

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17  And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took aside the twelve disciples privately on the road, and He said to them,

17  And Jesus, ascending to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside in private and said to them

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18  "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death,

18  Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests and scribes; and they shall condemn him to death,

18  “Behold, we are ascending to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be handed over to the leaders of the priests and to the scribes. And they shall condemn him to death.

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19  and they will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He shall rise again."

19  and shall deliver him unto the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify: and the third day he shall be raised up.

19  And they will deliver him to the Gentiles and they will mock him, and scourge him, and crucify him; and on the third day he will rise up.

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20  Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Him with her sons, worshipping [Him,] and asking something from Him.

20  Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, worshipping [him], and asking a certain thing of him.

20  Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him, together with her sons; and she worshipped him, and requested something of him.

21  And He said to her, "What do you desire?"She said to Him, "Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and one on Your left, in Your kingdom."

21  And he said unto her, What wouldest thou? She saith unto him, Command that these my two sons may sit, one on thy right hand, and one on thy left hand, in thy kingdom.

21  He said to her, What do you wish? She said to him, Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and one at your left, in your kingdom.

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22  But Jesus answered and said, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup which I am about to drink, or to be baptized [with] the baptism that I am baptized with?"They said to Him, "We are able."

22  But Jesus, responding, said: “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink from the chalice, from which I will drink?” They said to him, “We are able.”

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23  So He said to them, "You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism [with ]which I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is to [those] for whom it has been prepared by My Father."

23  He saith unto them, My cup indeed ye shall drink: but to sit on my right hand, and on [my] left hand, is not mine to give; but [it is for them] for whom it hath been prepared of my Father.

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24  And when the ten heard it, they were indignant with the two brothers.

24  And the ten, upon hearing this, became indignant with the two brothers.

24  When the ten heard it, they were angry at the two brothers.

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25  But Jesus, having summoned them, said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.

25  But Jesus called them to himself and said: “You know that the first ones among the Gentiles are their rulers, and that those who are greater exercise power among them.

25  And Jesus called them and said, You know that the princes of the people are also their owners; and their officials rule over them.

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26  Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, shall be your servant.

26  It shall not be this way among you. But whoever will want to be greater among you, let him be your minister.

26  Let not this be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you, let him be a minister to you;

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27  And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave;

27  and whosoever would be first among you shall be your servant

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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."

28  even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

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29  Now as they went out from Jericho, a great crowd followed Him.

29  And as they were departing from Jericho, a great crowd followed him.

29  And when Jesus went out of Jericho a large crowd followed him.

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30  And behold, two blind men sitting alongside the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, "Have pity on us, O Lord, Son of David!"

30  And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.

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31  But the crowd warned them that they should be silent; but they cried out all the more, saying, "Have pity on us, O Lord, Son of David!"

31  And the multitude rebuked them, that they should hold their peace: but they cried out the more, saying, Lord, have mercy on us, thou son of David.

31  But the crowd rebuked them to be quiet. But they cried out all the more, saying, “Lord, Son of David, take pity on us.”

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32  And having stood still, Jesus called them, and said, "What do you desire [that] I should do for you?"

32  And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I should do unto you?

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33  They said to Him, "Lord, that our eyes may be opened."

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34  And Jesus, having compassion, touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.

34  Then Jesus, taking pity on them, touched their eyes. And immediately they saw, and they followed him.