The Holy Bible - The New King James Version -
- "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the
morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
- Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent
them into his vineyard.
- And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the
- And said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I
will give you.' So they went.
- Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.
- And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle,
and said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day?'
- 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.'
- 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
- And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each
received a denarius.
- But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and
they likewise received each a denarius.
- And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner,
- 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.'
- But he answered one of them and said, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong.
Did you not agree with me for a denarius?
- Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the
same as to you.
- Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your
eye evil because I am good?'
- So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but
- Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the
road and said to them,
- "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,
- And deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And
the third day He will rise again."
- Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down
and asking something from Him.
- 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
- 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?" They said to Him, "We are able."
- So He said to them, "You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with
the baptism that I am baptized with; 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
- And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two
- 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
- Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great
among you, let him be your servant.
- And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave--
- Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to
give His life a ransom for many."
- Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him.
- 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!"
- 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!"
- So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, "What do you want Me to do
- They said to Him, "Lord, that our eyes may be opened."
- So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes
received sight, and they followed Him.
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