Matthew 20
New Heart English Bible
1"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3He went out about nine in the morning, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. 4To them he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went their way. 5Again he went out about noon and at three in the afternoon, and did likewise. 6About five that afternoon he went out, and found others standing. He said to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?' 7"They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' "He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard.'

8When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.' 9"When those who were hired at about five in the afternoon came, they each received a denarius. 10When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius. 11When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household, 12saying, 'These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' 13"But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you. 15Is it not lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?' 16So the last will be first, and the first last; for many are called, but few are chosen."

17As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve aside, and on the way he said to them, 18"Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, 19and will hand him over to the non-Jews to mock, to scourge, and to crucify; and the third day he will be raised up."

20Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, kneeling and asking a certain thing of him. 21He said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Command that these, my two sons, may sit, one on your right hand, and one on your left hand, in your Kingdom." 22But Jesus answered and said, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They said to him, "We are able." 23He said to them, "You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it is for whom it has been prepared by my Father."

24When the ten heard it, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25But Jesus summoned them, and said, "You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26It will not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you must be your servant. 27And whoever desires to be first among you must be your slave, 28even as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

29As they went out from Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30And look, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, shouted, "Have mercy on us, Lord, son of David." 31The crowd rebuked them, telling them that they should be quiet, but they shouted even more, "Have mercy on us, Lord, son of David." 32Jesus stood still, and called them, and asked, "What do you want me to do for you?" 33They told him, "Lord, that our eyes may be opened." 34Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received their sight, and they followed him.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2023

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