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Matthew 21:28–30

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 hWhat do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in ithe vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered,I will not,’ but afterward he jchanged his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered,I go, sir,’ but did not go.

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Matthew 21:28–30 — The New International Version (NIV)

28 What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

29 “ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30 Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered,I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

Matthew 21:28–30 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Matthew 21:28–30 — New Living Translation (NLT)

28 But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. 30 Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go.

Matthew 21:28–30 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

28 But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ 29 He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.

Matthew 21:28–30 — New Century Version (NCV)

28 “Tell me what you think about this: A man had two sons. He went to the first son and said, ‘Son, go and work today in my vineyard.’ 29 The son answered, ‘I will not go.’ But later the son changed his mind and went. 30 Then the father went to the other son and said, ‘Son, go and work today in my vineyard.’ The son answered, ‘Yes, sir, I will go and work,’ but he did not go.

Matthew 21:28–30 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

28 But what think ye? A man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to-day in the vineyard. 29 And he answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented himself, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Matthew 21:28–30 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

28 But what think ye? A man had two children, and coming to the first he said, Child, go to-day, work in my vineyard. 29 And he answering said, I will not; but afterwards repenting himself he went. 30 And coming to the second he said likewise; and he answering said, I go, sir, and went not.

Matthew 21:28–30 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

28 “What do you think about this? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go to work in the vineyard today.’

29 “His son replied, ‘I don’t want to!’ But later he changed his mind and went.

30 “The father went to the other son and told him the same thing. He replied, ‘I will, sir,’ but he didn’t go.

Matthew 21:28–30 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

28 But what do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘My son, go, work in the vineyard today.’

29 He answered,I don’t want to!’ Yet later he changed his mind and went. 30 Then the man went to the other and said the same thing.

“ ‘I will, sir,’ he answered. But he didn’t go.

Matthew 21:28–30 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

28 What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 He answered,I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30 The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered,I go, sir’; but he did not go.

Matthew 21:28–30 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

28 “Now what do you think? A man had two sons. He approached the first and said, ‘Son, go work in the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered and said, ‘I do not want to!’ But later he changed his mind and went. 30 And he approached the second and said the same thing. So he answered and said, ‘I will, sir,’ and he did not go.

Matthew 21:28–30 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

28 “What do you think about this? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

29 “ ‘I will not,’ the son answered. But later he changed his mind and went.

30 “Then the father went to the other son. He said the same thing. The son answered, ‘I will, sir.’ But he did not go.

Matthew 21:28–30 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

28 But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’

29 And he answered,I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went.

30 The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered,I will, sir’; but he did not go.