|Matthew 20 |
1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a landowner, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.
2 And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3 Now he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
4 And said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' And they went their way.
5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle the whole day?'
7 And they said to him, 'Because no man has hired us.' Then he said to them, 'You also go work in the vineyard; and whatever is right, that you shall receive.'
8 So when the evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his steward, 'Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.'
9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, every one of them received a penny.
10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would received more; but like the others, they received a penny.
11 And when they had received only a penny, they murmured against the good man of the house,
12 Saying, 'These last have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and heat of the day.'
13 But he answered one of them and said, 'Friend, I do you no wrong, did not you agree with me for a penny?
14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as I have given to you.
15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own money? Is your eye evil, because I am good?'
16 So the last will be first, and the first last; for many are called, but few are chosen."
17 Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples apart on the way and said to them,
18 "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes, and they will condemn him to death,
19 And will deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him; and the third day he will rise again."
20 Then the mother of Zebedee's children came to him with her sons, and kneeling down, asked a favor of him.
21 And he said to her, "What do you wish?" And she said to him, "Grant that these my two sons may sit, one on your right hand and the other on the left, in your kingdom."
22 But Jesus answered and said, "You do not know what you ask. Are you [James and John] able to drink of the cup of which I shall drink?" And they said to him, "We are able."
23 And he said to them, "You shall indeed drink of my cup; but to sit on my right and left hand, is not mine to give, but it will be given to those for whom it is prepared by my Father."
24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brothers.
25 But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.
26 But it will not be so among you. But whoever desires to great among you, let him minister [serve] to your needs;
27 And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant;
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life as a ransom for many." [Jesus washed the feet of the disciples to show how a minister should be a humble servant and not lord it over his congregation.]
29 Now as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
30 And behold, two blind men sitting by the wayside, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David."
31 And the multitude rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they cried all the more, saying, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David."
32 Then Jesus stood still and called them and said, "What do you wish me to do for you?"
33 And they said to him, "Lord, that our eyes may be opened."
34 So Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
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