Matthew 20

For the kingdom of heaven is like a man, the lord of a house, who went out, at dawn of day, to hire laborers for his vineyard. And he contracted with the labors for a denarius a day: and sent them into his vineyard. And he went out at the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place: and he said to them, Go ye also into my vineyard, and what is right I will give you; and they went. And again he went out at the sixth and ninth hours, and did the same. And about the eleventh hour, he went out and found others who were standing and idle; and he said to them: Why stand ye all the day, and are idle? They say to him, Because no one hath hired us. He saith to them: Go ye also into the vineyard; and what is right ye shall receive. And when it was evening, the lord of the vineyard said to his steward: Call the laborers, and give them their wages; and commence with the last, and proceed to the first. And those of the eleventh hour came, and received each a denarius. 10 And when the first came, they supposed they should receive more; but they also received each a denarius. 11 And when they received it, they murmured against the lord of the house, 12 and said: These last have labored but one hour, and thou hast made them equal with us who have borne the burden of the day and the heat of it. 13 But he answered, and said to one of them: My friend, I do thee no injustice: was it not for a denarius that thou didst contract with me? 14 Take what belongeth to thee, and go: for I am disposed to give to this last, as to thee. 15 Is it not lawful for me, to do what I please with what belongeth to me; or is thy eye evil, because I am good? 16 Thus the last shall be first, and the first last: for the called are many, but the chosen are few. 17 And Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem: and he took his twelve disciples aside, on the way, and said to them: 18 Behold we are going to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered up to the chief priests and to the Scribes, and they will condemn him to death. 19 And they will deliver him over to the Gentiles: and they will mock him, and will scourge him, and will crucify him; and the third day, he will arise. 20 Then came, to him the mother of Zebedee's children, she and her sons; and she worshipped him, and asked something from him. 21 And he said to her, What desirest thou? She said to him: Say, that these my two sons shall sit, the one on thy right hand and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom. 22 Jesus answered and said: Ye know not what ye ask for. Can ye drink of the cup, of which I am to drink? or be baptized with the baptism, that I am baptized with? They say to him: We can. 23 He saith to them: Ye will indeed drink of my cup, and will be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but that ye should sit on my right hand and on my left, is not mine to give, except to those for whom it is prepared by my Father. 24 And when the ten heard it, they were angry against the two brothers. 25 And Jesus called them, and said to them: Ye know that the princes of the nations are their lords, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 Not so shall it be among you. But whoever among you desireth to be great, let him be to you, a ministerer: 27 and whoever among you desireth to be first, let him be your servant: 28 even as the Son of man came, not to be served, but to serve; and to give his life a ransom for many. 29 And as Jesus passed out of Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 30 And lo, two blind men were sitting by the way side. And when they heard that Jesus was passing, they called out, and said: Have compassion on us, my Lord, thou son of David! 31 And the multitudes rebuked them, that they might be silent. But they raised their voice the more, and said: Our Lord, have compassion on us, thou son of David. 32 And Jesus stopped, and called them, and said: What wish ye, that I should do for you? 33 They said to him: Our Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 34 And he had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes were opened, and they followed him.
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