THE NEW TESTAMENT2

THE GOSPEL OF ST MATTHEW - CHAP­TER TWENTY3

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

A + For the king­dom of heaven is like unto an house­holder, which went out early in the morn­ing to hire labour­ers into his vine­yard. And he agreed with the labour­ers for a penny a day, and sent them into his vine­yard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw other stand­ing idle in the mar­ket­place, and said unto them, go ye also into my vine­yard: ‘and what­so­ever is right, I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth* and ninth hour, and did like­wise. And he went out about the eleventh hour and found other stand­ing idle, and said unto them: Why stand ye here all the day idle? They said unto him: be­cause no man hath hired us. He said to them: go ye also into my vine­yard, and what­so­ever is right, that shall ye re­ceive.

B When even was come, the lord of the vine­yard said unto his ste­ward: call the labour­ers, and give them their hire, be­gin­ning at the last, till thou come to the first. And they which were hired about the eleventh hour, came and re­ceived ev­ery man a penny. Then came the first, sup­pos­ing that they should re­ceive more: and they like­wise re­ceived ev­ery man a penny. And when they had re­ceived it, they mur­mured against the good man of the house 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.

He an­swered to one of them say­ing: friend I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny? Take that which is thy duty, and go thy way. I will give unto this last, as much as to thee. Is it not law­ful for me to do as me lis­teth with mine own? Is thine eye evil be­cause I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first shall be last. For many are called and few be cho­sen. |–

C + And Je­sus as­cended to Jerusalem, and took the twelve dis­ci­ples apart in the way, and said to them. Be­hold we go up to Jerusalem, and the son of man shall be be­trayed unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes, and they shall con­demn him to death, and shall de­liver him to the gen­tiles, to be mocked, to be scourged, and to be cru­ci­fied: and the third day he shall rise again. |–

+ Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s chil­dren with her sons, wor­ship­ping him, and de­sir­ing a cer­tain thing of him. And he said unto her: what wilt thou have? She said unto him: Grant that th­ese my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand in thy king­dom.

(due to length, the chap­ter’s re­main­der is here omit­ted, yet avail­able in full at: www.Tyn­daleTo­day.com)

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