Bible: Matthew 20:1-16

Workers in the Vineyard

20:1For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner 1  who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 20:2 And after agreeing with the workers for the standard wage, 2  he sent them into his vineyard. 20:3 When it was about nine o’clock in the morning, 3  he went out again and saw others standing around in the marketplace without work. 20:4 He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and I will give you whatever is right.’ 20:5 So they went. When 4  he went out again about noon and three o’clock that afternoon, 5  he did the same thing. 20:6 And about five o’clock that afternoon 6  he went out and found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why are you standing here all day without work?’ 20:7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go and work in the vineyard too.’ 20:8 When 7  it was evening 8  the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and give the pay 9  starting with the last hired until the first.’ 20:9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each received a full day’s pay. 10  20:10 And when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each one also received the standard wage. 20:11 When 11  they received it, they began to complain 12  against the landowner, 20:12 saying, ‘These last fellows worked one hour, and you have made them equal to us who bore the hardship and burning heat of the day.’ 20:13 And the landowner 13  replied to one of them, 14 Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn’t you agree with me to work for the standard wage? 15  20:14 Take what is yours and go. I 16  want to give to this last man 17  the same as I gave to you. 20:15 Am I not 18  permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 19  20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”

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