Laborers in the Vineyard Parable



Matthew 20:1-16

On a day, Jesus told his disciples a parable about the laborers in the vineyard.

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is like an owner of the vineyard who went out to hire laborers to work in his vineyard.

In the morning, he went out to find someone who would be willing to work in his vineyard for one denarius a day.

About 3 o’clock in the afternoon, he went out again to hire some more people to work in his vineyard. He saw some people standing at the marketplace and he hired them.

At 6’ o clock and 9 o’ clock, he went to the marketplace to search for still more people to work at his vineyard.

At eleven o’ clock, he found some people are still standing at the marketplace and he hired them.

When evening come, the owner of the vineyard calls in his servant and tell him to pay the workers their wages.

All the workers from the first to the last one get one denarius for their wages.

So they complained to the owner of the vineyard, ‘Why did you pay us all the same amount of money? We work for more hours. And those whom you hired last and worked for only one hour get one denarius as their wages too. It is unfair.’

The owner of the vineyard replied, ‘Didn’t you agreed to work for me for one denarius? What is it to you if I wish to give the last man I hired for one denarius?’

So the last will be the first. Likewise, the first will be the last.”

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