Matthew 20:13
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New International Version
"But he answered one of them, 'I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius?

New Living Translation
"He answered one of them, 'Friend, I haven't been unfair! Didn't you agree to work all day for the usual wage?

English Standard Version
But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?

Berean Study Bible
But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Did you not agree with me on one denarius?

Berean Literal Bible
And answering one of them, he said, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?

New American Standard Bible
"But he answered and said to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?

King James Bible
But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"He replied to one of them, Friend, I'm doing you no wrong. Didn't you agree with me on a denarius?

International Standard Version
"But he told one of them, 'Friend, I'm not treating you unfairly. You did agree with me for a denarius, didn't you?

NET Bible
And the landowner replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn't you agree with me to work for the standard wage?

New Heart English Bible
"But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he answered and said to one of them, 'My friend, I do no evil to you. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The owner said to one of them, 'Friend, I'm not treating you unfairly. Didn't you agree with me on a day's wages?

New American Standard 1977
“But he answered and said to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he answered one of them and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong; didst not thou agree with me for a denarius?

King James 2000 Bible
But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do you no wrong: did not you agree with me for a penny?

American King James Version
But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do you no wrong: did not you agree with me for a penny?

American Standard Version
But he answered and said to one of them, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a shilling?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he answering said to one of them: Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny?

Darby Bible Translation
But he answering said to one of them, [My] friend, I do not wrong thee. Didst thou not agree with me for a denarius?

English Revised Version
But he answered and said to one of them, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

Webster's Bible Translation
But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny?

Weymouth New Testament
"'My friend,' he answered to one of them, 'I am doing you no injustice. Did you not agree with me for a shilling?

World English Bible
"But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn't you agree with me for a denarius?

Young's Literal Translation
'And he answering said to one of them, Comrade, I do no unrighteousness to thee; for a denary didst not thou agree with me?
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
12‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day.’ 13But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Did you not agree with me on one denarius? 14Take your pay and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you.…
Cross References
Matthew 20:2
He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

Matthew 20:14
Take your pay and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you.

Matthew 22:12
Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' But the man was speechless.

Matthew 26:50
"Friend," Jesus replied, "do what you came for." Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus, and arrested Him.
Treasury of Scripture

But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do you no wrong: did not you agree with me for a penny?

Friend.

Matthew 22:12 And he said to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding …

Matthew 26:50 And Jesus said to him, Friend, why are you come? Then came they, …

I do.

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous …

Job 34:8-12,17,18 Which goes in company with the workers of iniquity, and walks with wicked men…

Job 35:2 Think you this to be right, that you said, My righteousness is more than God's?

Job 40:8 Will you also cancel my judgment? will you condemn me, that you may …

Romans 9:14,15,20 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid…

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