Matthew 20

Laborers in the Vineyard

1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 "Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 "And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 "and said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went. 5 "Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 "And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing 1 idle, and said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day?' 7 "They said to him, 'Because no one hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, 2 and whatever is right you will receive.' 8 "So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, 'Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.' 9 "And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 "But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 "And when they had received it, they 3 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 4 many are called, but few chosen."

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

17 e Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them, 18 f "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, 19 g "and deliver Him to the Gentiles to h mock and to i scourge and to j crucify. And the third day He will k rise again."

A Mother's Request

20 l Then the mother of m Zebedee's sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. 21 And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She said to Him, "Grant that these two sons of mine n may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom." 22 But Jesus answered and said, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink o the cup that I am about to drink, 5 and be baptized with p the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able." 23 So He said to them, q "You will indeed drink My cup, 6 and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father." 24 r And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 "Yet s it shall not be so among you; but t whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 u "And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave - 28 v "just as the w Son of Man did not come to be served, x but to serve, and y to give His life a ransom z for many."

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

29 a Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. 30 And behold, b two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, c Son of David!" 31 Then the multitude d warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!" 32 So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, "What do you want Me to do for you?" 33 They said to Him, "Lord, that our eyes may be opened." 34 So Jesus had e compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.

  1. Cross References
    Romans 9:20
    But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, "Why have you made me like this?
    Romans 9:21
    Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
  2. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 15:9
    Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, 'The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,' and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the LORD against you, and it become sin among you.
    Proverbs 23:6
    Do not eat the bread of a miser, Nor desire his delicacies.
    Matthew 6:23
    But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
    Mark 7:22
    Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
  3. Cross References
    Matthew 19:30
    But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
    Mark 10:31
    "But many who are first will be last, and the last first."
    Luke 13:30
    "And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last."
  4. Cross References
    Matthew 22:14
    "For many are called, but few are chosen."
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 20:17 - 19
    Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them.
    Mark 10:32 - 34
    Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:
    Luke 18:31 - 33
    Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.
    John 12:12
    The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
  6. Cross References
    Matthew 16:21
    From that time Jesus began to show to His disci...
    Matthew 26:47 - 57
    And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas,...
    Mark 14:42
    "Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at ...
    Mark 14:64
    You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think...
    John 18:5
    They answered Him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus s...
    John 19:7
    The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and acco...
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 27:2
    And when they had bound Him, they led Him away ...
    Mark 15:1
    Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests ...
    Mark 15:16
    Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall ca...
    Luke 23:1
    Then the whole multitude of them arose and led ...
    John 18:28
    Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praeto...
    Acts 3:13
    The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God o...
  8. Cross References
    Matthew 26:67
    Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and ot...
    Matthew 26:68
    Saying, "Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one...
    Matthew 27:29
    When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they p...
    Matthew 27:41
    Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with t...
    Mark 15:20
    And when they had mocked Him, they took the pur...
    Mark 15:31
    Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among ...
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 27:26
    Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.
    Mark 15:15
    So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.
    John 19:1
    So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 27:35
    Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: "They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
    Luke 23:33
    And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.
    Acts 3:13 - 15
    The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.
  11. Cross References
    Matthew 28:5
    But the angel answered and said to the women, "...
    Matthew 28:6
    He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Co...
    Mark 16:6
    But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You se...
    Mark 16:9
    Now when He rose early on the first day of the ...
    Luke 24:5 - 8
    Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces...
    Luke 24:46
    Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and ...
    Acts 10:40
    Him God raised up on the third day, and showed ...
    1 Corinthians 15:4
    And that He was buried, and that He rose again ...
  12. Cross References
    Mark 10:35 - 45
    Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.
  13. Cross References
    Matthew 4:21
    Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them.
    Matthew 10:2
    Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother.
  14. Cross References
    Matthew 19:28
    So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 51:17
    Awake, awake! Stand up, O Jerusalem, You who ha...
    Isaiah 51:22
    Thus says your Lord, The LORD and your God, Who...
    Jeremiah 49:12
    For thus says the LORD: "Behold, those whose ju...
    Matthew 26:39
    He went a little farther and fell on His face, ...
    Matthew 26:42
    Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, ...
    Mark 14:36
    And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are poss...
    Luke 22:42
    Saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this ...
    John 18:11
    So Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into th...
  16. Cross References
    Luke 12:50
    But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!
  17. Cross References
    Acts 12:2
    Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
    Romans 8:17
    And if children, then heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
    2 Corinthians 1:7
    And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.
    Revelation 1:9
    I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
  18. Cross References
    Mark 10:41
    And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John.
    Luke 22:24
    Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.
    Luke 22:25
    And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called 'benefactors.
  19. Cross References
    1 Peter 5:3
    Nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
  20. Cross References
    Matthew 23:11
    But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
    Mark 9:35
    And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.
    Mark 10:43
    Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.
    Luke 22:26
    But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.
  21. Cross References
    Matthew 18:4
    Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
  22. Cross References
    John 13:4
    Rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
  23. Cross References
    Matthew 26:28
    For this is My blood of the new covenant, which...
    John 13:13
    You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well,...
    2 Corinthians 8:9
    For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ...
    Philippians 2:6
    Who, being in the form of God, did not consider...
    Philippians 2:7
    But made Himself of no reputation, taking the f...
    1 Timothy 2:5
    For there is one God and one Mediator between G...
    1 Timothy 2:6
    Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testif...
    Titus 2:14
    Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem u...
    Hebrews 9:28
    So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of ...
    Revelation 1:5
    And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, th...
  24. Cross References
    Luke 22:27
    For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
    John 13:14
    If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
  25. Cross References
    Isaiah 53:10
    Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has p...
    Isaiah 53:11
    He shall see the labor of His soul, and be sati...
    Daniel 9:24
    Seventy weeks are determined For your people an...
    Daniel 9:26
    And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be ...
    John 11:51
    Now this he did not say on his own authority; b...
    John 11:52
    And not for that nation only, but also that He ...
    1 Peter 1:18
    Knowing that you were not redeemed with corrupt...
    1 Peter 1:19
    But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a ...
  26. Cross References
    Romans 5:15
    But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
    Romans 5:19
    For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.
    Hebrews 9:28
    So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
  27. Cross References
    Mark 10:46 - 52
    Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging.
    Luke 18:35 - 43
    Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging.
  28. Cross References
    Matthew 9:27
    When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!
  29. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:14 - 17
    I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. I...
    Psalms 89:3 - 5
    I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have s...
    Psalms 89:19 - 37
    Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one, An...
    Isaiah 11:10 - 12
    "And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse...
    Ezekiel 37:21 - 25
    Then say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Sur...
    Matthew 1:1
    The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the ...
    Luke 1:31
    And behold, you will conceive in your womb and ...
    Luke 1:32
    He will be great, and will be called the Son of...
    Acts 15:14 - 17
    Simon has declared how God at the first visited...
  30. Cross References
    Matthew 19:13
    Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.
  31. Cross References
    Matthew 9:36
    But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
    Matthew 14:14
    And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
    Matthew 15:32
    Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.
    Matthew 18:27
    Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
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