|Matt 20:1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
|Matt 20:2 "When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.
|Matt 20:3 "And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the market place;
|Matt 20:4 and to those he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' And so they went.
|Matt 20:5 "Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did the same thing.
|Matt 20:6 "And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing around; and he *said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day long?'
|Matt 20:7 "They *said to him, 'Because no one hired us.' He *said to them, 'You go into the vineyard too.'
|Matt 20:8 ¶ "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.'
|Matt 20:9 "When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a denarius.
|Matt 20:10 "When those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius.
|Matt 20:11 "When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner,
|Matt 20:12 saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day.'
|Matt 20:13 "But he answered and said to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?
|Matt 20:14 'Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.
|Matt 20:15 '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?'
|Matt 20:16 "So the last shall be first, and the first last."
|Matt 20:17 ¶ As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and on the way He said to them,
|Matt 20:18 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death,
|Matt 20:19 and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up."
|Matt 20:20 ¶ Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him.
|Matt 20:21 And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She *said to Him, "Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left."
|Matt 20:22 But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They *said to Him, "We are able."
|Matt 20:23 He *said to them, "My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father."
|Matt 20:24 ¶ And hearing this, the ten became indignant with the two brothers.
|Matt 20:25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.
|Matt 20:26 "It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,
|Matt 20:27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;
|Matt 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
|Matt 20:29 ¶ As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him.
|Matt 20:30 And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"
|Matt 20:31 The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"
|Matt 20:32 And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, "What do you want Me to do for you?"
|Matt 20:33 They *said to Him, "Lord, we want our eyes to be opened."
|Matt 20:34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.