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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
MATTHEW

CHAPTER 20


1 1For the kingdom of the heavens is like a 2man, who is a householder, who went out early in the 3morning to hire 4workmen for his 5avineyard.

2 And having 1agreed with the workmen for a 2denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

3 And he went out about the 1third hour and saw others standing 2idle in the 3marketplace,

4 And to those he said, You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you. And they went.

5 And again he went out about the 1sixth and the 2ninth hour and did likewise.

6 And about the 1eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and said to them, Why have you been standing here all the day idle?

7 They said to him, Because 1no one has hired us. He said to them, You 2also go into the vineyard.

8 And when 1evening fell, the master of the vineyard said to his steward, Call the workmen and pay them their wages, beginning from the 2last ones to the first.

9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, they received each a denarius.

10 And when the 1first ones came, they supposed that they would receive more. And they themselves also received each a denarius.

11 And when they received it, they murmured against the householder,

12 1Saying, These last ones worked one hour, and you have made them 2equal to us who bore the burden of the day and the scorching heat.

13 But he answered 1one of them and said, 2aFriend, I am doing nothing unrighteous to you. Did you not 3agree with me for a denarius?

14 1Take what is yours and go. I 1want to give to this last one even as I have given to you.

15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I 1wish with what is mine? Or is your eye 2evil because I am 1good?

16 Thus shall the 1alast be first and the first last.


3. On the Way to Jerusalem
20:17--21:11

a. The Third Unveiling of the Crucifixion and Resurrection
20:17-19


17 aAnd as Jesus was going up to bJerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside privately, and on the way He said to them,

18 Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes. And they will condemn Him to 1adeath,

19 And adeliver Him to the Gentiles to bmock and to scourge and to ccrucify Him, and on the dthird day He will be raised.


b. The Throne of the Kingdom and the Cup of the Cross
20:20-28


20 aThen the mother of the 1sons of bZebedee came to Him with her sons, worshipping and asking something of Him.

21 And He said to her, What do you want? She said to Him, Say that these two sons of mine will asit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your kingdom.

22 But Jesus answered and said to them, You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to 1drink the acup which I am about to drink? They said to Him, We are able.

23 He said to them, My cup you shall indeed adrink, but to sit on My right and on My left, this is 1not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.

24 And when the ten heard this, they were indignant concerning the two brothers.

25 aBut Jesus called them to Him and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great exercise authority over them.

26 It shall not be so among you; but whoever wants to become agreat among you shall be your 1servant,

27 And whoever wants to be first among you shall be your 1aslave;

28 Just as the aSon of 1Man did not come to be served, but to bserve and to give His 2life as a cransom for many.


c. The Healing of the Two Blind Men
20:29-34

29 aAnd as they were going out from Jericho, a great crowd followed Him.

30 And behold, two ablind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, Lord, 1bSon of David!

31 And the crowd arebuked them so that they would be silent, but they cried out the more, saying, Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!

32 And Jesus, standing still, called them and said, What do you want Me to do for you?

33 They said to Him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.

34 And Jesus, moved with acompassion, touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight and followed Him.