|New International Version (©2011)|
When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.
New Living Translation (©2007)
When they received their pay, they protested to the owner,
English Standard Version (©2001)
And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house,
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner,
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
When they received it, they began to complain to the landowner:
International Standard Version (©2012)
When they received it, they began to complain to the landowner,
NET Bible (©2006)
When they received it, they began to complain against the landowner,
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
And when they received it, they complained to the lord of the estate.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Although they took it, they began to protest to the owner.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
And when they had received it, they murmured against the owner of the house,
American King James Version
And when they had received it, they murmured against the manager of the house,
American Standard Version
And when they received it, they murmured against the householder,
And receiving it they murmured against the master of the house,
Darby Bible Translation
And on receiving it they murmured against the master of the house,
English Revised Version
And when they received it, they murmured against the householder,
Webster's Bible Translation
And when they had received it, they murmured against the master of the house.
Weymouth New Testament
So when they had received it, they grumbled against the employer, saying,
World English Bible
When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household,
Young's Literal Translation
and having received it, they were murmuring against the householder, saying,
|Matthew Henry's Concise 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.
Verse 11. - They murmured. They complained aloud of the injustice to which, as they thought, they were subjected. This is one of those traits in the parable which, whatever its spiritual meaning may be, is most natural and life like.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
And when they had received it,.... The external privileges of the Gospel dispensation, an inheritance among them that are sanctified, and a right unto it, on the foot of free grace,
they murmured against the good man of the house; who had been so kind and liberal, to those who came last into the vineyard, and had done no injury to them, but gave them a full reward. So the Jews that first believed in Christ, were at first uneasy at the Gospel being preached to the Gentiles, at the calling of them, and their partaking of the same privileges in a Gospel church state with them, without submitting to the ceremonies of the law, as they had done; just as the Pharisees, in Christ's time, murmured against him; for receiving sinners, and eating with them: though in the latter day, the envy of Ephraim shall depart, and in the ultimate glory there will be no murmuring at each other's happiness.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
11. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house—rather, "the householder," the word being the same as in Mt 20:1.
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