Matthew 20



1 For the kingdom of the heavens is like a man, a householder, who went·​·out in·​·the·​·morning to hire workers into his vineyard.

2 And when he had agreed with the workers for a denarius* a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

3 And going·​·out around the third hour, he saw others standing in the market idle;

4 and· he said to ·these, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatever is just, I will give you. And they departed.

5 Again coming·​·out about the sixth and ninth hour, he did likewise.

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

7 They say unto him, Because no one has hired us. He says to them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatever is just, you shall receive.

8 And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard says to his steward, Call the workers, and pay them the hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

9 And when they came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they received each a denarius.

10 And when the first came they supposed that they should receive more, and they also received each a denarius.

11 And receiving, they murmured against the householder,

12 saying, These last have worked one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, who have borne the burden of the day, and the heat.

13 But he answering said to one of·​·them, Fellow, I do not treat thee unjustly; didst thou not agree with me for a denarius?

14 Take thine own and go·​·thy·​·way; but I will to give to this last one even as unto thee.

15 Is it not permitted for me to do what I will with what is mine? Is thine eye wicked, because I am good?

16 So the last shall be first, and the first last; for many are called, but few chosen.

17 And Jesus, going·​·up to Jerusalem, took·​·aside the twelve disciples by themselves in the way, and said to them,

18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man shall be delivered up to the chief·​·priests and scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death,

19 and shall deliver· Him ·up to the nations to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify; and the third day He shall rise·​·again.

20 Then came to Him the mother of the sons of Zebedee, with her sons, worshiping, and asking a certain thing of Him.

21 And He said to her, What willest thou? She says to Him, Say that these my two sons may sit, one on Thy right hand and one on the left, in Thy kingdom.

22 And Jesus answering said, You know not what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup which I am about to drink, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say to Him, We are able.

23 And He says to them, You shall indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism which I am baptized with, but to sit on My right·​·hand, and My left, is not Mine to give, but to those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.

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

25 But Jesus calling them, said, You know that the rulers of the nations exercise·​·lordship·​·over them, and the great exercise·​·authority·​·over them.

26 But it shall not be so among you; but whoever wills to become great among you, let him be your minister;

27 and whoever wills to be first among you, let him be your servant;

28 as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His soul a ransom for many.

29 And going·​·out from Jericho, a crowd of many followed Him.

30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way, hearing that Jesus passed·​·by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David.

31 And the crowd rebuked them that they should be·​·silent; but they cried·​·out more·​·greatly, saying, Have·​·mercy on us, Lord, Son of David.

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

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

34 And Jesus being moved·​·with·​·compassion*, touched their eyes; and straightway their eyes received sight*, and they followed Him.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.