Matthew 20:5
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New International Version
So they went. "He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing.

New Living Translation
So they went to work in the vineyard. At noon and again at three o'clock he did the same thing.

English Standard Version
So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same.

Berean Study Bible
So they went. He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing.

Berean Literal Bible
And they went. And having gone out again about the sixth and ninth hour, he did likewise.

New American Standard Bible
"Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did the same thing.

King James Bible
Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
About noon and at three, he went out again and did the same thing.

International Standard Version
So off they went. He went out again about noon and about three o'clock and did the same thing.

NET Bible
So they went. When he went out again about noon and three o'clock that afternoon, he did the same thing.

New Heart English Bible
Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But those departed and he went out again at the sixth and at the ninth hours and did likewise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"He went out again about noon and 3 p.m. and did the same thing.

New American Standard 1977
“Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did the same thing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour and did likewise.

King James 2000 Bible
Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

American King James Version
Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

American Standard Version
Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they went their way. And again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did in like manner.

Darby Bible Translation
Again, having gone out about the sixth and ninth hour, he did likewise.

English Revised Version
Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.

Webster's Bible Translation
Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

Weymouth New Testament
"So they went. Again about twelve, and about three o'clock, he went out and did the same.

World English Bible
Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.

Young's Literal Translation
and they went away. 'Again, having gone forth about the sixth and the ninth hour, he did in like manner.
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
4‘You also go into my vineyard,’ he said, ‘and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5So they went. He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. 6About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ he asked.…
Cross References
Matthew 20:4
You also go into my vineyard,' he said, 'and I will pay you whatever is right.'

Matthew 20:6
About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?' he asked.

Mark 15:33
From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.

Luke 23:44
It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over all the land until the ninth hour.
Treasury of Scripture

Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

sixth.

Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land to the ninth hour.

Mark 15:33,34 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole …

Luke 23:44-46 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all …

John 1:39 He said to them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelled, …

John 4:6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his …

John 11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man …

Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of …

Acts 10:3,9 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel …

and did.

Genesis 12:1-4 Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and …

Joshua 24:2,3 And Joshua said to all the people, Thus said the LORD God of Israel, …

2 Chronicles 33:12-19 And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled …

Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the …

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