Matthew 20

Thomson(i) 1 For the reign of the heavens is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. 2 And having agreed with some labourers for a deniar a day, he sent them to his vineyard. 3 And going out about the third hour he saw some standing in the market place, unemployed, 4 and said to them, Go ye also to the vineyard and I will give you what is reasonable. So they went. 5 Again about the sixth and ninth hour he went out and did the same. 6 And having gone out about the eleventh hour, he found others standing unemployed, and saith to them, Why have you stood here all the day unemployed? 7 They say to him, Because no one hath hired us. He saith to them, Go ye also to the vineyard and you shall receive what is reasonable. 8 And in the evening the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, Call the labourers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last and ending with the first. 9 So they who had been hired at the eleventh hour, came and received even one a deniar. 10 And when the first hired came, they expected to receive more; but they also received everyone a deniar. 11 And when they received it, they murmured against the householder, 12 saying, These last have worked but one hour, and thou hast made them equal to us, who have borne the burden, and the heat of the day. 13 But he in reply said to one of them, Companion! I do thee no wrong. Didst thou not agree with me for a deniar: 14 take what is thine and go thy way. It is my will to give this last as much as to thee. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I please with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good? 16 So the last shall be first, and the first last. For there are many called, but few chosen. 17 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples apart on the road and said to them, 18 Behold we are going up to Jerusalem, and the son of man will be delivered up to the chief priests and Scribes; and they will condemn him to death, 19 and deliver him up to the Gentiles to be mocked, and scourged, and crucified, and on the third day he will rise again. 20 Then the mother of Zebedee's children came to him with her sons, and, prostrating herself, asked a favour of him. 21 Whereupon he said to her, What is thy desire? She said to him, Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on thy right hand and the other on thy left in thy kingdom. 22 In reply to which Jesus said, You do not know what you ask. Can you drink the cup which I shall soon drink and be baptized with the baptism, with which I am baptized? They say to him, We can. 23 Then Jesus saith to them, You will indeed drink my cup and be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, unless to them for whom it is prepared by my father. 24 When the ten heard, they were moved with indignation against the two brothers. 25 Whereupon Jesus having called them to him, said, You know that the chiefs of the nations exercise dominion over them; and they who are grandees exercise authority over them: 26 but it shall not be so among you. But whoever among you would wish to be great, let him be your attendant. 27 And whoever among you would wish to be first, let him be your servant; 28 even as the son of man came not to be waited on, but to wait, and to give his life a ransom for many. 29 Now when they were going from Jericho a great multitude followed him. 30 And lo! two blind men who sat by the way side, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried, saying, Have pity on us, O master, son of David. 31 And when the people reprimanded them that they might hold their peace, they cried the louder, saying, Have pity on us, O master, son of David. 32 Whereupon, Jesus, stopping, called them and said, What do you desire me to do for you? 33 They say to him, Sir! that our eyes may be opened. 34 And Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes; and instantly they received sight. And they followed him.