Matthew 20
Berean Literal Bible

The Parable of the Workers

1For the kingdom of the heavens is like to a man, a master of a house, who went out in the morning to hire workmen for his vineyard. 2And having agreed with the workmen on a denariusa for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.

3And having gone out about the third hour, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4and to them he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will give you whatever might be right.’ 5And they went.

And having gone out again about the sixth and ninth hour, he did likewise.

6And about the eleventh having gone out, he found others standing, and says to them, ‘Why do you stand here all the day idle?’

7They say to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’

He says to them, ‘You go also into the vineyard.’b

8And evening having arrived, the master of the vineyard says to his foreman, ‘Call the workmen and pay them the wages, having begun from the last, up to the first.’

9And those hired about the eleventh hour having come, they received a denarius each. 10And the first having come, they thought that they will receive more, but they themselves also received a denarius each.

11And having received it, they were grumbling against the master of the house, 12saying, ‘These the last have worked one hour, and you have made them equal to us, the ones having borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’

13And answering one of them, he said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14Take what is yours and go; and I desire to give to this last, as to you also. 15Or is it not lawful for me to do what I will with that which is mine? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?’

16Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.”c

The Third Prediction of the Passion
(Mark 10:32-34; Luke 18:31-34)

17And Jesus going up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside themselves on the way, and said to them, 18“Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death. 19And they will betray Him to the Gentiles to mock and to flog and to crucify; and the third day He will rise again.”

A Mother's Request
(Mark 10:35-45)

20Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.

21And He said to her, “What do you desire?”

She says to Him, “Say that these two sons of mine might sit, one on Your right hand and one on Your left hand, in Your kingdom.”

22And Jesus answering, said, “You do not know what you ask for. Are you able to drink the cup which I am about to drink?”d

They say to Him, “We are able.”

23He says to them, “Indeed you will drink My cup,e but to sit on My right hand and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but for whom it has been prepared by My Father.”

24And the ten having heard this, were indignant about the two brothers. 25And Jesus having summoned them, said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and the great ones exercise authority over them. 26Thus will it not be among you. But whoever wishes to become great among you, he will be your servant; 27and whoever wishes to be first among you, he will 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.”

The Blind Men by the Road
(Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43)

29And as they were going out from Jericho, a great crowd followed Him. 30And behold, two blind men sitting beside the road, having heard that Jesus is passing by, cried out saying, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”

31And the crowd rebuked them that they should be silent. But they cried out all the more, saying, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”

32And Jesus having stopped, called them and said, “What do you desire I should do unto you?”

33They say to Him, “Lord, that our eyes might be opened.”

34And having been moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they received sight, and they followed Him.

a 2 A denarius was customarily a day's wage for a laborer
b 7 BYZ and TR include and whatever is right, you shall receive.
c 16 BYZ and TR include For many are called, but few are chosen.
d 22 BYZ includes or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with. TR is similar.
e 23 BYZ and TR include and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with

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