Matthew 20-21 World English Bible

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Laborers in the Vineyard

20 1  “For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2  When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius [1] a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3  He went out about the third hour, [2] and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. 4  To them he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went their way. 5  Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, [3] and did likewise. 6  About the eleventh hour [4] he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, ‘Why do you stand here all day idle?’ 7  “They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’

“He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.’ 8  When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.’ 9  “When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius. 10  When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius. 11  When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household, 12  saying, ‘These last have spent 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 answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me for a denarius? 14  Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you. 15  Isn’t it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?’ 16  So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

17  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 will hand him over to the Gentiles to mock, to scourge, and to crucify; and the third day he will be raised up.”

The Request of James and John

20  Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, kneeling and asking a certain thing of him. 21  He said to her, “What do you want?”

She said to him, “Command that these, my two sons, may sit, one on your right hand, and one on your left hand, in your Kingdom.” 22  But Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you are asking. 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.” 23  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 hand is not mine to give; but it is for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 24  When the ten heard it, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25  But Jesus summoned them, and said, “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26  It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be [5] your servant. 27  Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant, 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  As they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 30  Behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, you son of David!” 31  The multitude rebuked them, telling them that they should be quiet, but they cried out even more, “Lord, have mercy on us, you son of David!” 32  Jesus stood still, and called them, and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33  They told him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” 34  Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and immediately their eyes received their sight, and they followed him.

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

21 1  When they drew near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethsphage, [6] to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2  saying to them, “Go into the village that is opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them, and bring them to me. 3  If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 4  All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, 5  “Tell the daughter of Zion,
behold, your King comes to you,
humble, and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” [7] 6  The disciples went, and did just as Jesus commanded them, 7  and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their clothes on them; and he sat on them. 8  A very great multitude spread their clothes on the road. Others cut branches from the trees, and spread them on the road. 9  The multitudes who went before him, and who followed kept shouting, “Hosanna [8] to the son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” [9] 10  When he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11  The multitudes said, “This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

The Cleansing of the Temple

12  Jesus entered into the temple of God, and drove out all of those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the money changers’ tables and the seats of those who sold the doves. 13  He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ [10] but you have made it a den of robbers!” [11] 14  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 who were crying in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the son of David!” they were indignant, 16  and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?”

Jesus said to them, “Yes. Did you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing babies you have perfected praise?’” [12] 17  He left them, and went out of the city to Bethany, and lodged there.

The Cursing of the Fig Tree

18  Now in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry. 19  Seeing a fig tree by the road, he came to it, and found nothing on it but leaves. He said to it, “Let there be no fruit from you forever!”

Immediately the fig tree withered away. 20  When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree immediately wither away?” 21  Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, if you have faith, and don’t doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you told this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it would be done. 22  All things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Jesus' Authority Questioned

23  When he had come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority do you do these things? Who gave you this authority?” 24  Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, which if you tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25  The baptism of John, where was it from? From heaven or from men?”

They reasoned with themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26  But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the multitude, for all hold John as a prophet.” 27  They answered Jesus, and said, “We don’t know.”

He also said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28  But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first, and said, ‘Son, go work today in my vineyard.’ 29  He answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind, and went. 30  He came to the second, and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but he didn’t go. 31  Which of the two did the will of his father?”

They said to him, “The first.”

Jesus said to them, “Most certainly I tell you that the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering into the Kingdom of God before you. 32  For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you didn’t believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. When you saw it, you didn’t even repent afterward, that you might believe him.

The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen

33  “Hear another parable. There was a man who was a master of a household, who planted a vineyard, set a hedge about it, dug a winepress in it, built a tower, leased it out to farmers, and went into another country. 34  When the season for the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, to receive his fruit. 35  The farmers took his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36  Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they treated them the same way. 37  But afterward he sent to them his son, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38  But the farmers, when they saw the son, said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and seize his inheritance.’ 39  So they took him, and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40  When therefore the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?” 41  They told him, “He will miserably destroy those miserable men, and will lease out the vineyard to other farmers, who will give him the fruit in its season.” 42  Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,


‘The stone which the builders rejected,
the same was made the head of the corner.
This was from the Lord.
It is marvelous in our eyes?’ [13]
43  “Therefore I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and will be given to a nation bringing forth its fruit. 44  He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but on whoever it will fall, it will scatter him as dust.” 45  When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke about them. 46  When they sought to seize him, they feared the multitudes, because they considered him to be a prophet.

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Footnotes

[1] 20:2 A denarius is a silver Roman coin worth 1/25th of a Roman aureus. This was a common wage for a day of farm labor.

[2] 20:3 Time was measured from sunrise to sunset, so the third hour would be about 9:00 AM.

[3] 20:5 noon and 3:00 P. M.

[4] 20:6 5:00 PM

[5] 20:26 TR reads “let him be” instead of “shall be”

[6] 21:1 TR & NU read “Bethphage” instead of “Bethsphage”

[7] 21:5 Zechariah 9:9

[8] 21:9 “Hosanna” means “save us” or “help us, we pray.”

[9] 21:9 Psalm 118:26

[10] 21:13 Isaiah 56:7

[11] 21:13 Jeremiah 7:11

[12] 21:16 Psalm 8:2

[13] 21:42 Psalm 118:22-23

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