11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 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 (A)the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, (B)‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take (C)what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 (D)Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or (E)do you begrudge my generosity?’[a] 16 So (F)the last will be first, and the first last.”

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  1. Matthew 20:15 Or is your eye bad because I am good?

11 And when they had received it, they [a]complained against the landowner, 12 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.’ 13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 (A)Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or (B)is your eye evil because I am good?’ 16 (C)So the last will be first, and the first last. (D)For[b] many are called, but few chosen.”

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  1. Matthew 20:11 grumbled
  2. Matthew 20:16 NU omits the rest of v. 16.