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Matthew 20New Life Version (NLV)

The Picture-Story of the Workmen in the Grape-Field

20 “For the holy nation of heaven is like the owner of a grape-field. He went out early in the morning to hire workmen to work in his grape-field. He promised to give them a day’s pay and then sent them to his grape-field. Later in the morning he went to the center of the town where people gather. He saw men standing there doing nothing. He said to them, ‘You go to my grape-field and work also. Whatever is right, I will pay you.’ And they went. Again he went out about noon and at three o’clock and did the same thing. About five o’clock he went out and still found others doing nothing. He asked them, ‘Why do you stand here all day and do nothing?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said, ‘Go to my grape-field and work. Whatever is right, I will pay you.’

“When evening came, the owner of the grape-field said to the boss of the workmen, ‘Call the workmen. Give them their pay. Start with the last ones hired and go on to the first ones hired.’ The workmen who had been hired at five o’clock came up. Each one of them got a day’s pay for his work. 10 When the workmen who had been hired the first thing in the morning came, they thought they would get more. But each one got a day’s pay. 11 After they received it, they talked against the owner. 12 They said, ‘The last workmen hired have only worked one hour. You have given to them the same as to us. We have worked hard through the heat of the day.’ 13 But he said to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me when I promised to pay you a day’s pay? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the last ones hired the same as I have given you. 15 Do I not have the right to do what I want to do with my own money? Does your eye make you want more because I am good?’ 16 So those who are last will be first and the first will be last.”

Jesus Tells of His Death the Third Time

17 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He talked also to the twelve followers by the side of the road. He said, 18  “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the religious leaders and to the teachers of the Law. They will say that He must be put to death. 19 They will hand Him over to the people who do not know God. They will make fun of Him and will beat Him. They will nail Him to a cross. Three days later He will be raised to life.”

The Mother of James and John Asks Jesus Something Hard

20 The mother of Zebedee’s children (James and John) came to Jesus with her sons. She got down on her knees before Jesus to ask something of Him. 21 He said to her, “What do you want?” She said, “Say that my two sons may sit, one at Your right side and one at Your left side, when You are King.” 22 Jesus said to her, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to take the suffering that I am about to take? (*Are you able to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?)” They said, “Yes, we are able.” 23 He said to them, “You will suffer as I will suffer. But the places at My right side and at My left side are not Mine to give. Whoever My Father says will have those places.”

24 The other ten followers heard this. They were angry with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them to Him and said, “You know how the kings of the nations show their power to the people. Important leaders use their power over the people. 26 It must not be that way with you. But whoever wants to be great among you, let him care for you. 27 Whoever wants to be first among you, let him be your servant. 28 For the Son of Man came not to be cared for. He came to care for others. He came to give His life so that many could be bought by His blood and made free from the punishment of sin.”

The Healing of the Blind Men

29 As they went away from the city of Jericho, many people followed Him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the side of the road. They called out when they heard that Jesus was going by. They said, “Lord, take pity on us, Son of David!” 31 Many people spoke sharp words to them. They told the blind men not to call out. But they called all the more, “Lord! Take pity on us, Son of David!” 32 Jesus stopped and called them. He asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 33 The blind men said to Jesus, “Lord, we want our eyes opened!” 34 Jesus had loving-pity on them and put His hands on their eyes. At once they could see, and they followed Jesus.

New Life Version (NLV)

Copyright © 1969 by Christian Literature International


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