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Jesus' Parable 34
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04/16/2019 7:08 PM
    Parable #34 ~ Matthew 20:1-16 ~ Workers in the Vineyard ~ Scripture

    “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the
    morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius
    for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

    “About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace
    doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will
    pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

    “He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same
    thing. About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing
    around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing
    nothing?’

    “ ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

    “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

    “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the
    workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on
    to the first.’

    “The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received
    a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive
    more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they
    began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These men who were hired last
    worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have
    borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

    “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t
    you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man
    who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I
    want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

    “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
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