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Matthew 20:1–16

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aFor the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into aahis vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for ba ||penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the celeventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, dBecause no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So ewhen even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his fsteward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11 And when they had received it, they murmured against gthe goodman of the house, 12 Saying, These last ||have hwrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and iheat of the day. 13 But he answered one of them, and said, jFriend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 14 Take jjthat thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15 kIs it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye levil, because I am mgood? 16 So nthe last shall be first, and the first last: ofor many be called, but few chosen.

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a

ch. 19:27.

aa

ch. 21:28, 33.

b
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The Roman penny is the eighth part of an ounce, which after five shillings the ounce is seven pence halfpenny. ch. 18:28. & 22:19. Mark 12:15. Luke 10:35.

c

Comp. 1 Cor. 15:8.

d

Comp. Acts 14:16. & 17:30.

e
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g

ch. 24:43. Mark 14:14. Luke 12:39. & 22:11 (English).

||

Or, have continued one hour only. As in Acts 15:33. & 18:23. & 20:3. 2 Cor. 11:25. James 4:13?

h

Ruth 2:19. 2 Kin. 12:11 in Heb. and Gk.

i

James 1:11 (Gk.). Comp. Gen. 31:40.

j

ch. 22:12. & 26:50. Comp. ch. 11:16.

jj

ch. 25:25.

k
l

See ch. 6:23.

m
n

See ch. 19:30.

o

ch. 22:14. Comp. Rev. 17:14.