Life of Jesus
The Parable of the Vineyard
- "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 first.'
- "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 few