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Matthew 20

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. ...

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  1. Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard.
  2. “If anyone grazes their livestock in a field or vineyard and lets them stray and they graze in someone else’s field, the offender must make restitution from the best of their own field or vineyard.
  3. but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.
  4. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.
  5. For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops.
  6. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards.
  7. Moreover, you haven’t brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Do you want to treat these men like slaves? No, we will not come!”
  8. Please let us pass through your country. We will not go through any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway and not turn to the right or to the left until we have passed through your territory.”
  9. “Let us pass through your country. We will not turn aside into any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.”
  10. Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides.
  11. houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied,
  12. Has anyone planted a vineyard and not begun to enjoy it? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else enjoy it.
  13. Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.
  14. If you enter your neighbor’s vineyard, you may eat all the grapes you want, but do not put any in your basket.
  15. When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow.
  16. You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and rape her. You will build a house, but you will not live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will not even begin to enjoy its fruit.
  17. You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine or gather the grapes, because worms will eat them.
  18. So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.’
  19. Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him.
  20. lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.
  21. So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, “Go and hide in the vineyards
  22. and watch. When the young women of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing, rush from the vineyards and each of you seize one of them to be your wife. Then return to the land of Benjamin.
  23. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.
  24. He said to them, “Listen, men of Benjamin! Will the son of Jesse give all of you fields and vineyards? Will he make all of you commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?
  25. Naboth’s Vineyard

    Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
  26. Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.”
  27. He answered her, “Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, ‘Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’”
  28. Jezebel his wife said, “Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”
  29. As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, “Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead.”
  30. When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard.
  31. “Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it.
  32. But Elisha said to him, “Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money or to accept clothes—or olive groves and vineyards, or flocks and herds, or male and female slaves?
  33. until I come and take you to a land like your own—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey. Choose life and not death! “Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’
  34. “This will be the sign for you, Hezekiah: “This year you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
  35. But the commander left behind some of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
  36. Shimei the Ramathite was in charge of the vineyards. Zabdi the Shiphmite was in charge of the produce of the vineyards for the wine vats.
  37. He also built towers in the wilderness and dug many cisterns, because he had much livestock in the foothills and in the plain. He had people working his fields and vineyards in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil.
  38. Others were saying, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine.”
  39. Still others were saying, “We have had to borrow money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards.
  40. Although we are of the same flesh and blood as our fellow Jews and though our children are as good as theirs, yet we have to subject our sons and daughters to slavery. Some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but we are powerless, because our fields and our vineyards belong to others.”
  41. Give back to them immediately their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses, and also the interest you are charging them—one percent of the money, grain, new wine and olive oil.”
  42. They captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness.
  43. They gather fodder in the fields and glean in the vineyards of the wicked.
  44. “Yet they are foam on the surface of the water; their portion of the land is cursed, so that no one goes to the vineyards.
  45. They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest;
  46. I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
  47. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
  48. I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.
  49. Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect.
  50. My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.
  51. Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.
  52. Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom— there I will give you my love.
  53. Solomon had a vineyard in Baal Hamon; he let out his vineyard to tenants. Each was to bring for its fruit a thousand shekels of silver.
  54. But my own vineyard is mine to give; the thousand shekels are for you, Solomon, and two hundred are for those who tend its fruit.
  55. Daughter Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a cucumber field, like a city under siege.
  56. The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.
  57. The Song of the Vineyard

    I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.
  58. “Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.
  59. What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?
  60. Now I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled.
  61. The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines he delighted in. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.
  62. A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a bath of wine; a homer of seed will yield only an ephah of grain.”
  63. Joy and gladness are taken away from the orchards; no one sings or shouts in the vineyards; no one treads out wine at the presses, for I have put an end to the shouting.
  64. In that day— “Sing about a fruitful vineyard:
  65. until I come and take you to a land like your own—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.
  66. “This will be the sign for you, Hezekiah: “This year you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
  67. Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
  68. They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
  69. “Go through her vineyards and ravage them, but do not destroy them completely. Strip off her branches, for these people do not belong to the Lord.
  70. Many shepherds will ruin my vineyard and trample down my field; they will turn my pleasant field into a desolate wasteland.
  71. Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit.
  72. For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.’
  73. Also you must never build houses, sow seed or plant vineyards; you must never have any of these things, but must always live in tents. Then you will live a long time in the land where you are nomads.’
  74. or built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields or crops.
  75. But Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard left behind in the land of Judah some of the poor people, who owned nothing; and at that time he gave them vineyards and fields.
  76. But Nebuzaradan left behind the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
  77. “‘Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard planted by the water; it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water.
  78. They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.’”
  79. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.
  80. “Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards, destroying them with blight and mildew. Locusts devoured your fig and olive trees, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord.
  81. You levy a straw tax on the poor and impose a tax on their grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine.
  82. There will be wailing in all the vineyards, for I will pass through your midst,” says the Lord.
  83. and I will bring my people Israel back from exile. “They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.
  84. “Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of rubble, a place for planting vineyards. I will pour her stones into the valley and lay bare her foundations.
  85. Israel’s Misery

    What misery is mine! I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave.
  86. Their wealth will be plundered, their houses demolished. Though they build houses, they will not live in them; though they plant vineyards, they will not drink the wine.”
  87. The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

    “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
  88. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
  89. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’
  90. “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
  91. “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
  92. The Parable of the Two Sons

    “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
  93. The Parable of the Tenants

    “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.
  94. So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
  95. “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”
  96. “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”
  97. The Parable of the Tenants

    Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.
  98. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.
  99. So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
  100. “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.
  101. Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any.
  102. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’
  103. The Parable of the Tenants

    He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time.
  104. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
  105. “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’
  106. So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. “What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
  107. He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”
  108. Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk?
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40 topical index results for “vineyard”

AGRICULTURE : Planters of vineyards, exempted from military service (Deuteronomy 20:6)
NABOTH : His vineyard forcibly taken by Ahab; stoned at the instigation of Jezebel (1 Kings 21:1-19)
SOLOMON : Plants vineyards and orchards of all kinds of fruit trees; makes pools (Ecclesiastes 2:4-6)
AHAB » King of Israel » Fraudulently confiscates Naboth's vineyard (1 Kings 21)
ANGER » INSTANCES OF » Ahab, because Naboth would not sell his vineyard (1 Kings 21:4)
CARMEL » A city of Judah » King Uzziah, who delighted in agriculture, had vineyards at (1 Chronicles 26:10)
COVETOUSNESS » INSTANCES OF » Ahab, in desiring Naboth's vineyard (1 Kings 21:2-16)
DISHONESTY » INSTANCES OF » Ahab confiscates Naboth's vineyard (1 Kings 21:2-16)
FALSEHOOD » INSTANCES OF » The disobedient son, who promised to work in the vineyard, but did not (Matthew 21:30)
ISAIAH » PROPHECIES, REPROOFS, AND EXHORTATIONS OF » Delineates the ingratitude of the Jews in the parable of the vineyard, and reproves it (Isaiah 5:1-10)
JESUS, THE CHRIST » HISTORY OF » Enunciates the parable of the vineyard (in Peraea) (Matthew 20:1-16)
JESUS, THE CHRIST » PARABLES OF » The laborers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)
JEZREEL » A city of the tribe of Issachar » Naboth's vineyard in (1 Kings 21:1)
MALFEASANCE IN OFFICE » INSTANCES OF » The leasees of the vineyard, in one of the parables of Jesus (Mark 12:1-8; Luke 20:9-15)
PROPERTY » IN REAL ESTATE » Confiscation of (Naboth's vineyard) (1 Kings 21:15,16)
PUNISHMENT » ACCORDING TO DEEDS » See the parable of the vineyard (Isaiah 5:1-7)
SELF-DENIAL » INSTANCES OF » The Rechabites, in refusing to drink wine or strong drink, or even to plant vineyards (Jeremiah 35:6,7)
USURPATION » OF EXECUTIVE POWER » In ordering Naboth's death and confiscation of his vineyard (1 Kings 21:7-19)
WINE » UNCLASSIFIED SCRIPTURES RELATING TO » See VINEYARD
WOMEN » INSTANCES OF » Jezebel, in her conspiracy against Naboth, to cheat him out of his vineyard (1 Kings 21:1-16)