Matthew 20:16
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New International Version
"So the last will be first, and the first will be last."

New Living Translation
"So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last."

English Standard Version
So the last will be first, and the first last.”

Berean Study Bible
So the last will be first, and the first will be last."

Berean Literal Bible
Thus the last will be first, and the first, last."

New American Standard Bible
"So the last shall be first, and the first last."

King James Bible
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"So the last will be first, and the first last."

International Standard Version
"In the same way, the last will be first, and the first will be last, because many are called, but few are chosen."

NET Bible
So the last will be first, and the first last."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So the last will be first and the first last, for the called are many and the chosen ones are few.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"In this way the last will be first, and the first will be last."

New American Standard 1977
“Thus the last shall be first, and the first last.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
So the first shall be last, and the last first; for many are called, but few are chosen.

King James 2000 Bible
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many are called, but few chosen.

American King James Version
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

American Standard Version
So the last shall be first, and the first last.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So shall the last be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus shall the last be first, and the first last; for many are called ones, but few chosen ones.

English Revised Version
So the last shall be first, and the first last.

Webster's Bible Translation
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many are called, but few chosen.

Weymouth New Testament
"So the last shall be first, and the first last."

World English Bible
So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen."

Young's Literal Translation
So the last shall be first, and the first last, for many are called, and few chosen.'
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
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.” 17As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside and said,…
Cross References
Matthew 19:30
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

Mark 10:31
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."

Luke 13:30
And indeed, some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last."
Treasury of Scripture

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

the last.

Matthew 8:11,12 And I say to you, That many shall come from the east and west, and …

Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Matthew 21:31 Whether of them two did the will of his father? They say to him, …

Mark 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

Luke 7:47 Why I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she …

Luke 13:28-30 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you shall see …

Luke 15:7 I say to you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner …

Luke 17:17,18 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine…

John 12:19-22 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive you how you …

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where …

Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after …

for.

Matthew 7:13 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad …

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Luke 14:24 For I say to you, That none of those men which were bidden shall …

Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom …

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you …

2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

James 1:23-25 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like to …

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