Matthew 20:15
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New International Version
Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

New Living Translation
Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?'

English Standard Version
Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’

Berean Study Bible
Do I not have the right to do as I please with what is mine? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

Berean Literal Bible
Or 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?'

New American Standard Bible
'Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?'

King James Bible
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't I have the right to do what I want with my business? Are you jealous because I'm generous?'

International Standard Version
I am allowed to do what I want with my own money, am I not? Or are you envious because I'm generous?'

NET Bible
Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

New Heart English Bible
Is it not lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Or is it illegal for me to do whatever I want to do with my own? Is your eye evil because I am good?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can't I do what I want with my own money? Or do you resent my generosity towards others?'

New American Standard 1977
‘Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good?

King James 2000 Bible
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good?

American King James Version
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good?

American Standard Version
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? or is thine eye evil, because I am good?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? is thy eye evil, because I am good?

Darby Bible Translation
is it not lawful for me to do what I will in my own affairs? Is thine eye evil because I am good?

English Revised Version
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? or is thine eye evil, because I am good?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? is thy eye evil because I am good?

Weymouth New Testament
Have I not a right to do what I choose with my own property? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

World English Bible
Isn't it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?'

Young's Literal Translation
is it not lawful to me to do what I will in mine own? is thine eye evil because I am good?
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
14Take your pay and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you. 15Do I not have the right to do as I please with what is mine? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 16So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 15:9
"Beware that there is no base thought in your heart, saying, 'The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,' and your eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing; then he may cry to the LORD against you, and it will be a sin in you.

Jeremiah 18:6
"Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

Jonah 4:1
But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry.

Matthew 6:23
But if your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

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

Mark 7:22
greed, wickedness, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness.
Treasury of Scripture

Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good?

it.

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Exodus 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will …

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God …

1 Chronicles 28:4,5 However, the LORD God of Israel chose me before all the house of …

Jeremiah 27:5-7 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, …

John 17:2 As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal …

Romans 9:15-24 For he said to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, …

Romans 11:5,6 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according …

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that …

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance…

Ephesians 2:1,5 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…

James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should …

Is thine.

Matthew 6:23 But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. …

Deuteronomy 15:9 Beware that there be not a thought in your wicked heart, saying, …

Deuteronomy 28:54 So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his …

Proverbs 23:6 Eat you not the bread of him that has an evil eye, neither desire …

Proverbs 28:22 He that hastens to be rich has an evil eye, and considers not that …

Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil …

James 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brothers, lest you be condemned: …

because.

Jonah 4:1-4 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry…

Acts 13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, …

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