Matthew 20-21 Revised Standard Version

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Laborers in the Vineyard

20 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2  After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3  And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place; 4  and to them he said, 'You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went. 5  Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. 6  And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing; and he said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?' 7  They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You go into the vineyard too.' 8  And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.' 9  And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10  Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. 11  And on receiving it they grumbled at the householder, 12  saying, 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' 13  But he replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14  Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give to this last as I give to you. 15  Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?' 16  So the last will be first, and the first last."

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

17  And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, 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 death, 19  and deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day."

The Request of James and John

20  Then the mother of the sons of Zeb'edee came up to him, with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21  And he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Command that these two sons of mine may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom." 22  But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?" They said to him, "We are able." 23  He said to them, "You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father." 24  And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 25  But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26  It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27  and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; 28  even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Two Blind Men Receive Sight

29  And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. 30  And behold, two blind men sitting by the roadside, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" 31  The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent; but they cried out the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" 32  And Jesus stopped and called them, saying, "What do you want me to do for you?" 33  They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." 34  And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight and followed him.

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

21 And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth'phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2  saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3  If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately." 4  This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5  "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass." 6  The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7  they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. 8  Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9  And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" 10  And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" 11  And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee."

The Cleansing of the Temple

12  And Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13  He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer'; but you make it a den of robbers." 14  And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. 15  But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant; 16  and they said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast brought perfect praise'?" 17  And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

The Cursing of the Fig Tree

18  In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry. 19  And seeing a fig tree by the wayside he went to it, and found nothing on it but leaves only. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once. 20  When the disciples saw it they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither at once?" 21  And Jesus answered them, "Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and never doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will be done. 22  And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."

Jesus' Authority Questioned

23  And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" 24  Jesus answered them, "I also will ask you a question; and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25  The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from men?" And they argued with one another, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?' 26  But if we say, 'From men,' we are afraid of the multitude; for all hold that John was a prophet." 27  So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28  "What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' 29  And he answered, 'I will not'; but afterward he repented and went. 30  And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, 'I go, sir,' but did not go. 31  Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32  For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not afterward repent and believe him.

The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen

33  "Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. 34  When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; 35  and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36  Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. 37  Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 38  But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.' 39  And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40  When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" 41  They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons." 42  Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? 43  Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it." 44  * [No text] 45  When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46  But when they tried to arrest him, they feared the multitudes, because they held him to be a prophet.

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