Parable of the Householder and Laborers
Interwoven Gospels

"For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man, a householder, who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. And having agreed with the laborers for a shilling a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing in the marketplace idle; and he said to them, 'Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever may be right, I will give you." And they went forth. "Again going out about the sixth and the ninth hour, he did likewise. Now about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and he saith to them, 'Why stand ye all the day idle?' They say to him, 'Because no one hath hired us." He saith to them, 'Go ye also into the vineyard." "Now when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last to the first." And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, they each received a shilling. But when the first came, they thought that they should receive more; and they also received, each one, a shilling. And when they received it, they murmured against the householder, saying, 'These last have worked one hour, and thou hast made them equal with us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat." But he answered and said to one of them, 'Friend, I do thee no wrong. Didst thou not agree with me for a shilling? Take thine own, and go. But I will give to this last, even as to thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Or is thine eye evil because I am good?' So the last shall be first, and the first last."
Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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