Matthew 20:1
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New International Version
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.

New Living Translation
"For the Kingdom of Heaven is like the landowner who went out early one morning to hire workers for his vineyard.

English Standard Version
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

Berean Study Bible
For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.

Berean Literal Bible
For 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.

New American Standard Bible
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

King James Bible
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.

International Standard Version
"The kingdom from heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.

NET Bible
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For the Kingdom of Heaven is like the man, the lord of a household, who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard.

New American Standard 1977
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For 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.

King James 2000 Bible
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

American King James Version
For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.

American Standard Version
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that was a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.

Douay-Rheims Bible
THE kingdom of heaven is like to an householder, who went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

Darby Bible Translation
For the kingdom of the heavens is like a householder who went out with the early morn to hire workmen for his vineyard.

English Revised Version
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.

Weymouth New Testament
"For the Kingdom of the Heavens is like an employer who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard,

World English Bible
"For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

Young's Literal Translation
'For the reign of the heavens is like to a man, a householder, who went forth with the morning to hire workmen for his vineyard,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
20:1-16 The direct object of this parable seems to be, to show that though the Jews were first called into the vineyard, at length the gospel should be preached to the Gentiles, and they should be admitted to equal privileges and advantages with the Jews. The parable may also be applied more generally, and shows, 1. That God is debtor to no man. 2. That many who begin last, and promise little in religion, sometimes, by the blessing of God, arrive at a great deal of knowledge, grace, and usefulness. 3. That the recompense of reward will be given to the saints, but not according to the time of their conversion. It describes the state of the visible church, and explains the declaration that the last shall be first, and the first last, in its various references. Till we are hired into the service of God, we are standing all the day idle: a sinful state, though a state of drudgery to Satan, may be called a state of idleness. The market-place is the world, and from that we are called by the gospel. Come, come from this market-place. Work for God will not admit of trifling. A man may go idle to hell, but he that will go to heaven, must be diligent. The Roman penny was sevenpence halfpenny in our money, wages then enough for the day's support. This does not prove that the reward of our obedience to God is of works, or of debt; when we have done all, we are unprofitable servants; but it signifies that there is a reward set before us, yet let none, upon this presumption, put off repentance till they are old. Some were sent into the vineyard at the eleventh hour; but nobody had hired them before. The Gentiles came in at the eleventh hour; the gospel had not been before preached to them. Those that have had gospel offers made them at the third or sixth hour, and have refused them, will not have to say at the eleventh hour, as these had, No man has hired us. Therefore, not to discourage any, but to awaken all, be it remembered, that now is the accepted time. The riches of Divine grace are loudly murmured at, among proud Pharisees and nominal Christians. There is great proneness in us to think that we have too little, and others too much of the tokens of God's favour; and that we do too much, and others too little in the work of God. But if God gives grace to others, it is kindness to them, and no injustice to us. Carnal worldlings agree with God for their penny in this world; and choose their portion in this life. Obedient believers agree with God for their penny in the other world, and must remember they have so agreed. Didst not thou agree to take up with heaven as thy portion, thy all; wilt thou seek for happiness in the creature? God punishes none more than they deserve, and recompenses every service done for him; he therefore does no wrong to any, by showing extraordinary grace to some. See here the nature of envy. It is an evil eye, which is displeased at the good of others, and desires their hurt. It is a grief to ourselves, displeasing to God, and hurtful to our neighbours: it is a sin that has neither pleasure, profit, nor honour. Let us forego every proud claim, and seek for salvation as a free gift. Let us never envy or grudge, but rejoice and praise God for his mercy to others as well as to ourselves.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Workers
1For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.…
Cross References
Matthew 9:37
Then He said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

Matthew 13:24
Jesus presented another parable to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

Matthew 20:2
He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

Matthew 21:28
"But what do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.'

Matthew 21:33
Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a tower. Then he rented it out to some tenants and went away on a journey.
Treasury of Scripture

For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.

the kingdom. This parable was intended to illustrate the equity of God's dealings, even when 'the first are placed last, and the last first.'

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 13:24,31,33,44,45,47 Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven …

Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage …

Matthew 25:1,14 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which …

a man.

Matthew 9:37,38 Then said he to his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but …

Matthew 21:33-43 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted …

Songs 8:11,12 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard to keepers…

Isaiah 5:1,2 Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching …

John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer.

early.

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them …

Songs 8:11,12 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard to keepers…

Jeremiah 25:3,4 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, …

labourers.

Mark 13:34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you …

2 Peter 1:5-10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; …

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