Matthew 20-21 Darby’s Translation

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Laborers in the Vineyard

20 1  For the kingdom of the heavens is like a householder who went out with the early morn to hire workmen for his vineyard. 2  And having agreed with the workmen for a denarius the day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3  And having gone out about [the] third hour, he saw others standing in the market-place idle; 4  and to them he said, Go also ye into the vineyard, and whatsoever may be just I will give you. And they went their way. 5  Again, having gone out about the sixth and ninth hour, he did likewise. 6  But about the eleventh [hour], having gone out, he found others standing, and says to them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? 7  They say to him, Because no man has hired us. He says to them, Go also ye into the vineyard [and whatsoever may be just ye shall receive]. 8  But when the evening was come, the lord of the vineyard says to his steward, Call the workmen and pay [them] their wages, beginning from the last even to the first. 9  And when they [who came to work] about the eleventh hour came, they received each a denarius. 10  And when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more, and they received also themselves each a denarius. 11  And on receiving it they murmured against the master of the house, 12  saying, These last have worked one hour, and thou hast made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the heat. 13  But he answering said to one of them, [My] friend, I do not wrong thee. Didst thou not agree with me for a denarius? 14  Take what is thine and go. But it is my will to give to this last even as to thee: 15  is it not lawful for me to do what I will in my own affairs? Is thine eye evil because I am good? 16  Thus shall the last be first, and the first last; for many are called ones, but few chosen ones.

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

17  And Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples with [him] apart in the way, and said to them, 18  Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man will be delivered up to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; 19  and they will deliver him up to the nations to mock and to scourge and to crucify, and the third day he shall rise again.

The Request of James and John

20  Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee, with her sons, doing homage, and asking something of him. 21  And he said to her, What wilt thou? She says to him, Speak [the word] that these my two sons may sit, one on thy right hand and one on thy left in thy kingdom. 22  And Jesus answering said, Ye know not what ye ask. Can ye drink the cup which I am about to drink? They say to him, We are able. 23  [And] he says to them, Ye shall drink indeed my cup, but to sit on my right hand and on [my] left, is not mine to give, but to those for whom it is prepared of my Father. 24  And the ten, having heard [of it], were indignant about the two brothers. 25  But Jesus having called them to [him], said, Ye know that the rulers of the nations exercise lordship over them, and the great exercise authority over them. 26  It shall not be thus amongst you, but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your servant; 27  and whosoever will be first among you, let him be your bondman; 28  as indeed 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 Sight

29  And as they went out from Jericho a great crowd followed him. 30  And lo, two blind men, sitting by the wayside, having heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out saying, Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David. 31  But the crowd rebuked them, that they might be silent. But they cried out the more, saying, Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David. 32  And Jesus, having stopped, called them and said, What will ye that I shall do to you? 33  They say to him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 34  And Jesus, moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes had sight restored to them, and they followed him.

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

21 1  And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, at the mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2  saying to them, Go into the village over against you, and immediately ye will find an ass tied, and a colt with it; loose [them] and lead [them] to me. 3  And if any one say anything to you, ye shall say, The Lord has need of them, and straightway he will send them. 4  But all this came to pass, that that might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, 5  Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold thy King cometh to thee, meek, and mounted upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. 6  But the disciples, having gone and done as Jesus had ordered them, 7  brought the ass and the colt and put their garments upon them, and he sat on them. 8  But a very great crowd strewed their own garments on the way, and others kept cutting down branches from the trees and strewing them on the way. 9  And the crowds who went before him and who followed cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed [be] he who comes in the name of [the] Lord; hosanna in the highest. 10  And as he entered into Jerusalem, the whole city was moved, saying, Who is this? 11  And the crowds said, This is Jesus the prophet who is from Nazareth of Galilee.

The Cleansing of the Temple

12  And Jesus entered into the temple [of God], and cast out all that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those that sold the doves. 13  And he says to them, It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of robbers. 14  And blind and lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15  And when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders which he wrought, and the children crying in the temple and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David, they were indignant, 16  and said to him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus says to them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? 17  And leaving them he went forth out of the city to Bethany, and there he passed the night.

The Cursing of the Fig Tree

18  But early in the morning, as he came back into the city, he hungered. 19  And seeing one fig-tree in the way, he came to it and found on it nothing but leaves only. And he says to it, Let there be never more fruit of thee for ever. And the fig-tree was immediately dried up. 20  And when the disciples saw [it], they wondered, saying, How immediately is the fig-tree dried up! 21  And Jesus answering said to them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and do not doubt, not only shall ye do what [is done] to the fig-tree, but even if ye should say to this mountain, Be thou taken away and be thou cast into the sea, it shall come to pass. 22  And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Jesus' Authority Questioned

23  And when he came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him [as he was] teaching, saying, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? 24  And Jesus answering said to them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things: 25  The baptism of John, whence was it? of heaven or of men? And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we should say, Of heaven, he will say to us, Why then have ye not believed him? 26  but if we should say, Of men, we fear the crowd, for all hold John for a prophet. 27  And answering Jesus they said, We do not know. He also said to them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28  But what think ye? A man had two children, and coming to the first he said, Child, go to-day, work in [my] vineyard. 29  And he answering said, I will not; but afterwards repenting himself he went. 30  And coming to the second he said likewise; and he answering said, I [go], sir, and went not. 31  Which of the two did the will of the father? They say [to him], The first. Jesus says to them, Verily I say unto you that the tax-gatherers and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32  For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the tax-gatherers and the harlots believed him; but ye when ye saw [it] repented not yourselves afterwards to believe him.

The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen

33  Hear another parable: There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and made a fence round it, and dug a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and left the country. 34  But when the time of fruit drew near, he sent his bondmen to the husbandmen to receive his fruits. 35  And the husbandmen took his bondmen, and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36  Again he sent other bondmen more than the first, and they did to them in like manner. 37  And at last he sent to them his son, saying, They will have respect for my son. 38  But the husbandmen, seeing the son, said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him and possess his inheritance. 39  And they took him, and cast him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40  When therefore the lord of the vineyard comes, what shall he do to those husbandmen? 41  They say to him, He will miserably destroy those evil [men], and let out the vineyard to other husbandmen, who shall render him the fruits in their seasons. 42  Jesus says to them, Have ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which they that builded rejected, this has become the corner-stone: this is of [the] Lord, and it is wonderful in our eyes? 43  Therefore I say to you, that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you and shall be given to a nation producing the fruits of it. 44  And he that falls on this stone shall be broken, but on whomsoever it shall fall, it shall grind him to powder. 45  And the chief priests and the Pharisees, having heard his parables, knew that he spoke about them. 46  And seeking to lay hold of him, they were afraid of the crowds, because they held him for a prophet.

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