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Matthew 20 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
Christ Foretells His Sufferings
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:1 - “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:2 - “Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:3 - “And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:4 - “and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:5 - “Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:6 - “And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle,[fn] and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:7 - “They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:8 - “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:9 - “And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:10 - “But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:11 - “And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:12 - “saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:13 - “But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:14 - ‘Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:15 - ‘Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:16 - “So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”[fn]
Jesus a Third Time Predicts His Death and Resurrection
(Mark 10:32–34; Luke 18:31–34 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:17 - Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:18 - “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:19 - “and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”
Greatness Is Serving
(Mark 10:35–45 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:20 - Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:21 - And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:22 - But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”[fn] They said to Him, “We are able.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:23 - So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with;[fn] but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:24 - And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:25 - But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:26 - “Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:27 - “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:28 - “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Two Blind Men Receive Their Sight
(Mark 10:46–52; Luke 18:35–43 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:29 - Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:30 - And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:31 - Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:32 - So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:33 - They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 20:34 - So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text omits idle.
NU-Text omits the last clause of this verse.
NU-Text omits the last sentence of this verse.
NU-Text omits and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with.
NU-Text omits and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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