Matthew 20:9

And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when they came that were hired about the eleuenth houre, they receiued euery man a penie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"When those {hired} about the eleventh hour came, each one received a denarius.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when they came that `were hired' about the eleventh hour, they received every man a shilling.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when those men came who had gone to work at the eleventh hour, they were given every man a penny.
- Basic English Bible

And when they [who came to work] about the eleventh hour came, they received each a denarius.
- Darby Bible

And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
- Webster's Bible

When those came who had begun at five o'clock, they received a shilling apiece;
- Weymouth Bible

When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius.
- World English Bible

And so whanne thei weren comun, that camen aboute the elleuenthe our, also thei token eueryche of hem a peny.
- Wycliffe Bible

And they of about the eleventh hour having come, did receive each a denary.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 20:9


20:9 Who were hired about the eleventh hour - Either the Gentiles, who were called long after the Jews into the vineyard of the Church of Christ; or those in every age who did not hear, or at least understand the Gospel call, till their day of life was drawing to a period. Some circumstances of the parable seem best to suit the former, some the latter of these senses.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 20:9


Mt 20:9 They received every man a penny. More than most of them expected. God does not measure our reward by the length, but by the faithfulness of service.

Discussion for Matthew 20

  • David robinson
    praise the lord , thank u lord for your word of God
  • Noel Grant
    I enjoy reading the scriptures. We must understand that we are all equal in the sight of God wether we are accepted first or last. Have a bless day.
  • Kathleen
    René: To "rise again" is a little like "to get up again". The "again" implies "sooner than you would expect". Imagine you have a little child who you put to bed at 8:00, and they came back into the room at 8:15. You say "I put you to bed and you got up again!" This is a "phrasal verb": the 2nd word implies something. You'd get it normally, but you misinterpret it because you read "literally".
  • Rene
    Matthew 20:19
    'He will rise again". Why the word again, this implies He rose before. Help me understand. Love to you all and I pray that the Lord bless you kindness
  • Patricia
    The Master call is for all to come. Work while it is day for when the night come no man can work. When we hear the voice of the Master do not turn a deaf ear. I pray I'm willing to open my heart and receive Him. We all have sinned. No matter when we receive and obey at the end we all shall receive a crown of life. So glad for a compassionate and just God.
  • Barbara Nkwantabisa
    Matthew 20:16 - i tend to agree with the first adam as the last. And the last Adam was Jesus who will be and is first in all things. I just hope to do a pleasing thing in his sight. I'm sure we have all been last in something in life, and first in something in life. I dont concern so much with being first, but i just wanna hear well done from him.

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