New International Version
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
King James Bible
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
Darby Bible Translation
For the kingdom of the heavens is like a householder who went out with the early morn to hire workmen for his vineyard.
World English Bible
"For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
Young's Literal Translation
'For the reign of the heavens is like to a man, a householder, who went forth with the morning to hire workmen for his vineyard,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man - a householder - The very commencement of this chapter shows it to be connected with the preceding. The manner of God's proceeding under the Gospel dispensation resembles a householder, who went out at day break, αμα πρωι, together with the morning; as the light began to go out of its chambers in the east, so he went out of his bed-room to employ laborers, that they might cultivate his vineyard. This was what was called, among the Jews and Romans, the first hour; answering to six o'clock in the morning.
To hire laborers - Some workmen, των εργατων - for he had not got all that was necessary, because we find him going out at other hours to hire more.
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the kingdom. This parable was intended to illustrate the equity of God's dealings, even when 'the first are placed last, and the last first.'
LibraryFebruary 2. "And Whosoever Will be Great among You, Let Him be Your Minister. And Whosoever Will be Chief among You, Let Him be Your Servant" (Matt. xx. 26, 27).
"And whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant" (Matt. xx. 26, 27). Slave is the literal meaning of the word, doulos. The first word used for service is diakanos, which means a minister to others in any usual way or work: but the word doulos means a bond slave, and the Lord here plainly teaches us that the highest service is that of a bond slave. He Himself made Himself the servant of all, and he who would come …
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Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
"What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.'
"Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.
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