PARABLE OF THE LABORER

For the Kingdom is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

Now, when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into the vineyard..

and he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

And said to them, You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you. And they went.

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

And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them why have you been standing idle all day?

They said to him, because no one hired us. He said to them, You also go to into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.

So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard steward, Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.

And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius.

But when those came that were hired first, they thought that they would receive more; and likewise received each a denarius.

And when they received it, they murmured against the landowner, saying, these last men only worked one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and labored in the heat ALL day.

But he answered one of them and said, Friend, I am doing you no wrong, Did you not agree with me for a denarius?

Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I want with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?

So the last will be first and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen.

MATTHEW 20:1-16

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