Matthew 20:15
New International Version
Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

New Living Translation
Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?'

English Standard Version
Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’

Berean Study Bible
Do I not have the right to do as I please with what is mine? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

Berean Literal Bible
Or is it not lawful for me to do what I will with that which is mine? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?'

New American Standard Bible
'Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?'

King James Bible
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

Christian Standard Bible
Don't I have the right to do what I want with what is mine? Are you jealous because I'm generous?'

Contemporary English Version
Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Why should you be jealous, if I want to be generous?"

Good News Translation
Don't I have the right to do as I wish with my own money? Or are you jealous because I am generous?'"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't I have the right to do what I want with my business? Are you jealous because I'm generous?'

International Standard Version
I am allowed to do what I want with my own money, am I not? Or are you envious because I'm generous?'

NET Bible
Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

New Heart English Bible
Is it not lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Or is it illegal for me to do whatever I want to do with my own? Is your eye evil because I am good?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can't I do what I want with my own money? Or do you resent my generosity towards others?'

New American Standard 1977
‘Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good?

King James 2000 Bible
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good?

American King James Version
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good?

American Standard Version
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? or is thine eye evil, because I am good?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? is thy eye evil, because I am good?

Darby Bible Translation
is it not lawful for me to do what I will in my own affairs? Is thine eye evil because I am good?

English Revised Version
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? or is thine eye evil, because I am good?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? is thy eye evil because I am good?

Weymouth New Testament
Have I not a right to do what I choose with my own property? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

World English Bible
Isn't it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?'

Young's Literal Translation
is it not lawful to me to do what I will in mine own? is thine eye evil because I am good?
Study Bible
The Parable of the Workers
14Take your pay and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you. 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.”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 15:9
Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought in your heart, "The seventh year, the year of release, is near," so that you look upon your poor brother begrudgingly and give him nothing. He will cry out to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin.

Jeremiah 18:6
"O house of Israel, can I not treat you as this potter treats his clay? declares the LORD. Just like clay in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

Jonah 4:1
Jonah, however, was greatly displeased, and became angry.

Matthew 6:23
But if your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Matthew 20:14
Take your pay and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you.

Mark 7:22
greed, wickedness, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness.

Treasury of Scripture

Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil, because I am good?

it.

Matthew 11:25
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Exodus 33:19
And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

Deuteronomy 7:6-8
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth…

Is thine.

Matthew 6:23
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Deuteronomy 15:9
Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.

Deuteronomy 28:54
So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave:

because.

Jonah 4:1-4
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry…

Acts 13:45
But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.







Lexicon
Do I not have the right
ἔξεστίν (exestin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1832: It is permitted, lawful, possible.

to do
ποιῆσαι (poiēsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

as
(ho)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

I please
θέλω (thelō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

with
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

what [is]
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

mine?
ἐμοῖς (emois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Neuter 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1699: My, mine. From the oblique cases of ego; my.

Or
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

are you
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

envious
πονηρός (ponēros)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4190: Evil, bad, wicked, malicious, slothful.

because
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

I
ἐγὼ (egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

am
εἰμι (eimi)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

generous?’
ἀγαθός (agathos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 18: A primary word; 'good'.
(15) Is it not lawful . . .?--The question is not that of one who asserts an arbitrary right; it appeals tacitly to a standard which none could question. As far as the labourer was concerned, the householder had a right to give freely of what was his own. He was responsible to God only. In the interpretation of the parable, God was Himself the Householder, and men ought to have sufficient faith in Him to accept the gifts to some which wrought no wrong to others as in harmony with absolute righteousness.

Is thine eye evil?--The "evil eye" was, as in Proverbs 28:22, that which looked with envy and ill will at the prosperity of others. In Mark 7:22, it appears among the "evil things" that come from the heart. Popularly, as the derivation of the word "envy" (from invidere) shows, such a glance was thought to carry with it a kind of magic power to injure, and was to be averted, in the superstitious belief which still lingers in the East and many parts of Europe, by charms and amulets.

Verse 15. - With mine own; ἐν τοῖς ἐμοῖς: in the case of what is mine own. These words are omitted by the Vulgate, which has, Aut (η}) non licet mihi quod volo facere? Is thine eye evil? The evil eye is here expressive of envy, as Proverbs 28:22. The Latin word invidia, Cicero informs us ('Tusc. Disp..' 3:9), "ductum est a nimis intuendo fortunam alterius." For nimis Bentley conjectures limis, "with sidelong glances." The idea is the same, envy being indicated by the look of the eye. Good; generous. Why should you view with disfavour my liberality? The master says no more; he gives no further account of his determination. 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.
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