Laborers in the Vineyard
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like Lit a man, a landowner a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
2When he had agreed with the laborers for a The denarius was a day’s wages for a laborerdenarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3And he went out about the I.e., 9 a.m.third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace;
4and to those he said, ‘You go into the vineyard also, and whatever is right, I will give you.’ And so they went.
5Again he went out about the I.e., noon and 3 p.m.sixth and the ninth hour, and did Lit similarlythe same thing.
6And about the I.e., 5 p.m.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?’
7They *said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He *said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’
8 “Now when evening came, the Or lord owner of the vineyard *said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, starting with the last group to the first.’
9When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a The denarius was a day’s wages for a laborerdenarius.
10And so when those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; Lit each one a denariusbut each of them also received a denarius.
11When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner,
12saying, ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day’s work and the scorching heat.’
13But he answered and said to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?
14Take what is yours and go; but I want to give to this last person the same as to you.
15Is it not lawful for me to do what I want with what is my own? Or is your eye Lit evilenvious because I am Lit goodgenerous?’
16So the last shall be first, and the first, last.”
Death, Resurrection Foretold
17As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and on the road He said to them,
18“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be Or betrayedhanded over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death,
19and they will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and flog and crucify, and on the third day He will be raised up.”
Request for Preferred Treatment
20Then the mother of the I.e., the apostles James and Johnsons of Zebedee came to Lit HimJesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him.
21And He said to her, “What do you desire?” She *said to Him, “Say that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine shall sit, one at Your right, and one at Your left.”
22But Jesus replied, “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.”
23He *said to them, “My cup you shall drink; but to sit at My right and at My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.”
24And after hearing this, the other ten disciples became indignant with the two brothers.
25But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles domineer over them, and Lit the great onesthose in high position exercise authority over them.
26It One early ms shall not beis not this way among you, but whoever wants to become Lit greatprominent among you shall be your servant,
27and whoever desires to be first among you shall be your slave;
28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His Or soullife as a ransom for many.”
Sight for Those Who Are Blind
29As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him.
30And two people who were blind, sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”
31But the crowd sternly warned them to be quiet; yet they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
33They *said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.”
34Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.