Modern Literal Version
[Matthew 20]




     20:1For* the kingdom of the heavens is similar to a man who is a householder, who went out at the same time every morning to hire workers into his vineyard. 20:2And having agreed together with the workers for a denarius a day{a standard day's pay}, he sent them into his vineyard. 20:3And he went out around the third hour{i.e. 9:00 AM}and saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 20:4and he said to those men, YouĎ also, goĎ into the vineyard and I will be giving youĎ whatever is just. And they went. 20:5Again, they went out around the sixth{i.e. Noon}and the ninth hour;{i.e. 3:00 PM}and he did likewise*.20:6Now around the eleventh hour,{i.e. 5:00 PM}he went out and found others standing idle, and he says to them, Why are youĎ standing here idle the whole day?



     20:7They say to him, Because no one has hired us.



     So he says to them, YouĎ also, goĎ into the vineyard and I will be giving youĎ whatever is just. 20:8Now when* it became evening, the lord of the vineyard says to his commissioner, Call the workers and give to them their wages, begin from the last to the first.20:9And when* those hired around the eleventh hour{i.e. 5:00 PM} came, they each received a denarius apiece. 20:10Now when* the first came, they supposed that they will be receiving more, but they themselves also received a denarius apiece.



     20:11But having received it, they were murmuring against the householder, 20:12saying, These last ones have only done one hour of work, and you have made* them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the burning heat.



     20:13But he answered and said to one of them, Comrade, I am not wronging you. Did you not agree together with me for a denarius? 20:14Take up the thing which is yours and go away. It is my will to give to this last one, as I also did to you. 20:15Or is it not legal for me to do what I will in the things which are mine? Or is your eye evil, because I am good? 20:16So the last will be first, and the first last; for* many are invited but few are chosen.




     {Mar 10:32-45 & Mat 20:17-28 & Luk 18:31-34; Peraea or Judea, near Jordan.}



     20:17 And while going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the twelve disciples privately by the road and he said to them, 20:18Behold, we go into Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be given up to the high-priests and scribes, and they will be condemning him to death, 20:19and they will be giving him to the Gentiles, *that* they should mock and scourge and crucify him, and in the third day he will rise*again.




     20:20Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee, with her sons, came to him, worshiping him, and asking something from him.20:21But he said to her, What do you wish?



     She says to him, Say that* these, my two sons, may sit, one at your right hand and one at your lefthand in your kingdom.



     20:22But Jesus answered and said, YouĎ do not know what youĎ ask. Are youĎ able to drink the cup which I am about to drink, or to be immersed*with the immersion*to which I am about to beimmersed*?



     They say to him, We are able.



     20:23And he says to them, Indeed, youĎ will be drinking my cup and youĎ will be immersed*withthe immersion*to which I am immersed*, but to sit at my right and at my left, is not mine to give, but it is for them for whom it has been prepared by my Father. 20:24And having heard this, the ten were indignant concerning the two brothers.



     20:25 But Jesus called them and said, YouĎ know that the rulers of the Gentiles are lording it over them, and their great ones wield authority over them. 20:26But it will not be so among youĎ, but whoever wishes to become great among youĎ, he will be yourĎ servant; 20:27and whoever wishes to be first among youĎ, let him be yourĎ bondservant; 20:28just-like the Son of Man did not come to be served to, but to serve and to give his life as a redemption in exchange-for many.




     {Mar 10:46-52 & Mat 20:29-34 & Luk 18:35-43; Jericho.}



     20:29 And while traveling out from Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 20:30 And behold, two blind men sitting beside the road, having heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, saying, Lord, son of David, show-mercy to us! 20:31 But the crowd rebuked them, in order that they should be silent, but they were crying out the greatest, saying, Lord, son of David, show-mercy to us!



     20:32 And Jesus stood and summoned them, and said, What do youĎ will that I might do for youĎ?



     20:33 They say to him, Lord, that* our eyes might be opened. 20:34 Now Jesus, having compassion, touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes recovered their sight and they followed him.





Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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