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

New Living Translation
He agreed to pay the normal daily wage and sent them out to work.

English Standard Version
After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Berean Study Bible
He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

Berean Literal Bible
And having agreed with the workmen on a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.

New American Standard Bible
"When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.

King James Bible
And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After agreeing with the workers on one denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.

International Standard Version
After agreeing to pay the workers one denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

NET Bible
And after agreeing with the workers for the standard wage, he sent them into his vineyard.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he made an agreement with the laborers for a denarius for the day and he sent them to his vineyard.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After agreeing to pay the workers the usual day's wages, he sent them to work in his vineyard.

New American Standard 1977
“And when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he had agreed with the labourers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

King James 2000 Bible
And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

American King James Version
And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

American Standard Version
And when he had agreed with the laborers for a shilling a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And having agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Darby Bible Translation
And having agreed with the workmen for a denarius the day, he sent them into his vineyard.

English Revised Version
And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Weymouth New Testament
and having made an agreement with them for a shilling a day, sent them into his vineyard.

World English Bible
When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Young's Literal Translation
and having agreed with the workmen for a denary a day, he sent them into 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. 3About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace without anything to do.…
Cross References
Matthew 9:37
Then He said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

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

Matthew 20:3
About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace without anything to do.

Mark 12:15
But Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, "Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to inspect."

Luke 20:24
"Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?" "Caesar's," they answered.
Treasury of Scripture

And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

he had.

Matthew 20:13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do you no wrong: …

Exodus 19:5,6 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, …

Deuteronomy 5:27-30 Go you near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak …

a penny. 'The Roman penny is the eighth part of an ounce, which after five shillings the ounce is sevenpence halfpenny.'

Matthew 18:28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, …

Matthew 22:19 Show me the tribute money. And they brought to him a penny.

Luke 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave …

Revelation 6:6 And I heard a voice in the middle of the four beasts say, A measure …

he sent.

1 Samuel 2:18,26 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with …

1 Samuel 3:1,21 And the child Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word …

1 Samuel 16:11,12 And Samuel said to Jesse, Are here all your children? And he said, …

1 Kings 3:6-11 And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father …

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Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil …

Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither …

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