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Matthew 20:1 - 16


20:1 - 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.

20:2 - And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

20:3 - And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

20:4 - And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.

20:5 - Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

20:6 - And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

20:7 - They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.

20:8 - So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

20:9 - And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

20:10 - But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

20:11 - And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,

20:12 - Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

20:13 - But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

20:14 - Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.

20:15 - Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

20:16 - So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.