Matthew 20

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

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

So he says to them, You* also, go into the vineyard and I will be giving you* whatever is just. 8 Now 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. 9 And when* those hired around the eleventh hour {i.e. 5: 00 PM} came, they each received a denarius apiece. 10 Now when* the first came, they supposed that they will be receiving more, but they themselves also received a denarius apiece.

11 But having received it, they were murmuring against the householder, 12 saying, 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.

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



{Mk 10: 32-45 & Mt 20: 17-28 & Lk 18: 31-34; Peraea or Judea, near Jordan. }

17 And while going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the twelve disciples privately by the road and he said to them, 18 Behold, 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, 19 and 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 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee, with her sons, came to him, worshiping him, and asking something from him. 21 But he said to her, What do you wish?

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

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

They say to him, We are able .

23 And he says to them, Indeed, you* will be drinking my cup and you* will be immersed* with the 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. 24 And having heard this, they were indignant concerning the two brothers.

25 But Jesus called them and said, You* know that the rulers of the Gentiles are lording it over them, and their great ones wield authority over them. 26 But it will not be so among you*, but whoever wishes to become great among you*, he will be your, your* servant; 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you*, let him be your, your* bondservant; 28 just, 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.



{Mk 10: 46-52 & Mt 20: 29-34 & Lk 18: 35-43; Jericho. }

29 And while traveling out from Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 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! 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!

32 And Jesus stood and summoned them, and said, What do you* will that I might do for you*?

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

{The week of Jesus' crucifixion. Mk 11: 1-11 & Mt 21: 1-12, 14-17 & Lk 19: 29-44 & Jn 12: 12-19 Bethany to Jerusalem and back Sun. April 2, 30 AD. }



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