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- Matthew 20:1-16 [ Verse 15 in Original: Greek ]
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- 1 "For the R716 kingdom of heaven is like a F440 landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. R717 2 "When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius F441 for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 "And he went out about the third F442 hour and saw others standing idle in the market place; 4 and to those he said, `You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' And so they went. 5 "Again he went out about the sixth F443 and the ninth hour, and did the F444 same thing. 6 "And about the eleventh F445 hour he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, `Why have you been standing here idle all day long?' 7 "They said to him, `Because no one hired us.' He said to them, `You go into the vineyard too.' 8 "When evening R718 came, the owner F446 of the vineyard said to his foreman, R719 `Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last group to the first.' 9 "When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a denarius. F447 10 "When those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; but F448 each of them also received a denarius. 11 "When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner, 12 saying, `These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching R720 heat of the day.' 13 "But he answered and said to one of them, `Friend, R721 I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 `Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 `Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye R722 envious F449 because I am generous?' F450 16 "So the R723 last shall be first, and the first last."
F440 Lit a man, a landowner
F441 The denarius was a day's wages
F442 I.e. 9 a.m.
F443 I.e. noon and 3 p.m.
F444 Lit similarly
F445 I.e. 5 p.m.
F446 Or lord
F447 The denarius was a day's wages
F448 Lit each one a denarius
F449 Lit evil
F450 Lit good
R716 Matthew 13:24
R717 Matthew 21:28,33
R718 Leviticus 19:13; Deuteronomy 24:15
R719 Luke 8:3
R720 Jonah 4:8; Luke 12:55; James 1:11
R721 Matthew 22:12; 26:50
R722 Deuteronomy 15:9; Matthew 6:23; Mark 7:22
R723 Matthew 19:30; Mark 10:31; Luke 13:30
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