Laborers in the vineyard
the Holy Bible


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. (20:1)

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

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

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

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

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? (20:6)

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. (20:7)

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. (20:8)

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

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

And when they had received [it], they murmured against the goodman of the house, (20:11)

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. (20:12)

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

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

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

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

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