Matthew 20:9
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New International Version
"The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius.

New Living Translation
When those hired at five o'clock were paid, each received a full day's wage.

English Standard Version
And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius.

New American Standard Bible
"When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a denarius.

King James Bible
And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"When those who were hired about five came, they each received one denarius.

International Standard Version
Those who were hired at five o'clock came, and each received a denarius.

NET Bible
When those hired about five o'clock came, each received a full day's pay.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And those of the 11th hour came and they received a denarius each.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Those who started working about 5 p.m. came, and each received a day's wages.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when those came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a denarius.

King James 2000 Bible
And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

American King James Version
And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

American Standard Version
And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a shilling.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When therefore they were come, that came about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

Darby Bible Translation
And when they [who came to work] about the eleventh hour came, they received each a denarius.

English Revised Version
And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

Weymouth New Testament
"When those came who had begun at five o'clock, they received a shilling apiece;

World English Bible
"When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius.

Young's Literal Translation
And they of about the eleventh hour having come, did receive each a denary.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - They received every man a penny. The steward, of course, was acting according to his master's instructions (though nothing is said of any previous orders on the subject) when he thus bounteously remunerated those that had been hired at the eleventh hour. Some commentators have endeavoured to show that the "penny" allotted to each set differed greatly in value; but this is an unwarrantable conjecture, and it is indispensable to the purport of the parable that the wages should be alike to all.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour,.... Who were the last that were hired; and signify either such, as are called in their last days, in old age; or Gentile sinners; or the last of God's elect, that will be called by grace, in the end of the world:

they received every man a penny: the same they first agreed for, that were hired early into the vineyard; and all, and every man alike, not one more and another less. So the same church privileges and immunities are common to all believers, Jews or Gentiles, sooner or later called; and equal title give to the same eternal life and happiness, which will be enjoyed alike, by one saint as another: they are all loved with the same everlasting love by God; they are chosen alike by him in his Son, at the same time, in the same way and manner, and to the same grace and glory; they are interested in the same covenant, in all the promises and blessings of it; they are bought with the same price of a Redeemer's blood, are justified by the same righteousness, and are called in one hope of their calling; they are equally the sons of God, and their glory and happiness are always expressed by the same thing, as a kingdom, a crown, and inheritance, &c. They are all equally heirs of the same kingdom and glory, and are born again to the same incorruptible inheritance, of which they will all be partakers; they will all be called to inherit the same kingdom, they will sit on the same throne of glory, and wear the same crown of righteousness, and enjoy the same uninterrupted communion with Father, Son, and Spirit. Now, indeed, they have not the same measures of grace; some have more, others less; but in heaven, it will be alike, complete and perfect in all; and even now, they have the same grace for nature and kind, only it is not in all in the same exercise; now the saints are distinguished by the several stations and places in which they are; though they are members of the same body, they have not the same office, and have gifts differing from one another; but in the other state, all such offices and gifts will cease, and all will be upon an equal foot; be where Christ is, and behold his glory, and will stand in no need of each other's instruction and help. Now the capacities of man are different, according to the different temperament of their bodies, their different education, opportunities, advantages, and stations in life, but in the other world, where this difference will be no more, every vessel of mercy being prepared for glory, will be equally capable of receiving it: and though there will be degrees of punishment in hell, proportionate to the sins of men, which the justice of God requires, yet it follows not, that there will be degrees in glory; since that is not proportioned to the works of men, but springs from the grace of God, and yet in a way of justice too, through the blood, righteousness, and sacrifice of Christ: and since the saints have an equal interest in these things, it seems that upon the foot of justice, they should equally enjoy all that happiness which these entitle them to.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny—a full day's wages.

Matthew 20:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Vineyard Workers
8"When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last group to the first.' 9"When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a denarius. 10"When those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius.…
Cross References
Matthew 20:2
He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

Matthew 20:8
"When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.'

Matthew 20:10
So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.
Treasury of Scripture

And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

they received.

Matthew 20:2,6,7 And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent …

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Romans 5:20,21 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where …

Ephesians 1:6-8 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: …

1 Timothy 1:14-16 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love …

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