THE NEW TESTAMENT2
THE GOSPEL OF ST MATTHEW - CHAPTER TWENTY3
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)