20For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard.
2After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage,* he sent them into his vineyard.
3When he went out about nine oclock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place;
4and he said to them, You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right. So they went.
5When he went out again about noon and about three oclock, he did the same.
6And about five oclock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, Why are you standing here idle all day?
7They said to him, Because no one has hired us. He said to them, You also go into the vineyard.
8When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.
9When those hired about five oclock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.*
10Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.*
11And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner,
12saying, 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.
13But he replied to one of them, Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?*
14Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.
15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?*
16So the last will be first, and the first will be last.*
17 While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, 18See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; 19then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.
20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. 21And he said to her, What do you want? She said to him, Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom. 22But Jesus answered, You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?* They said to him, We are able. 23He said to them, You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.
24 When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. 25But Jesus called them to him and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 26It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; 28just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.
29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.
30There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, Lord,* have mercy on us, Son of David!
31The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!
32Jesus stood still and called them, saying, What do you want me to do for you?
33They said to him, Lord, let our eyes be opened.
34Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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