Matthew 20

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
 

1For the kingdom of the heavens is like unto a man, the husband of a house, who went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. 2And when he had agreed with the labourers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace 4and said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you. And they went. 5Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour and did likewise. 6And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle and said unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? 7They say unto him, Because no one has hired us. He said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatever is right, that shall ye receive. 8So when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard said unto his steward, Call the labourers and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. 9And when those came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a denarius. 10But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more but they likewise received each one a denarius. 11And when they had received it, they murmured against the husband of the house, 12saying, These last have worked but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us who have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13But he answered one of them and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong; didst not thou agree with me for a denarius? 14Take that which is thine and go, for I desire to give unto this last one, even as unto thee. 15Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good? 16So the first shall be last, and the last first; for many are called, but few are chosen.

17And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way and said unto them, 18Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the princes of the priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death 19and shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify; {Gr. stauroo – Hang on a stake}; and the third day he shall rise again.

20Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, worshipping him and desiring a certain thing of him. 21And he said unto her, What dost thou desire? She said unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit the one on thy right hand and the other on the left in thy kingdom. 22But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. 23And he said unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on my right hand and on my left is not mine to give, but it shall be given to those for whom it is prepared of my Father. 24And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brothers. 25But Jesus called them unto him and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and those that are great wield power over them. 26But it shall not be so among you, but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your slave, 28even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many.

29And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 30And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us. 31And the multitude rebuked them, that they should be silent; but they cried the more, saying, Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us. 32And Jesus stood still and called them and said, What desire ye that I shall do unto you? 33They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 34Then Jesus, having mercy on them, touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.