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

  • 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.
  • Brother William
    Jesus said,"come unto me all YE who are heavy laden and I will give you rest" Many do not come to the light because they love darkness rather than light. Hating the one, and loving the other. "No man can serve two masters." Did not the Spirit expressly say that in the latter days some would depart from the faith? Only those who endure to the end shall be saved from the wrath that is to come. Are these not perilous times and days of trouble? "I will lift up mine eyes to the hill of the Lord from whence COMETH my help."
  • 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.
  • Lilian
    God has appointed time to bless us and heal us. Jesus is the great Shefered all He wants is the Sheep (us) to follow him and obey his words so that all of us must have life in abundance. Lets give thanks and praise Jesus only BECAUSE HE LIVE WE SHALL LIVE ALSO ANEN
  • Wayne
    Where is the house that man has built for God our Father.? For Jesus himself rebuilt it in three days. Have we learned nothing of the understanding of the way of God ? God sent us His son to give us eternal life so that where He is we can also be.Jesus commands us saying freely you have received freely give.My Father's house Is A House Of Prayer.
  • Atim Eyere for verse 16
    An excellent tool for evangelism or simple witnessing the gospel truth to win souls from hell to God's's also great to strengthen all believer, to continue in the faith unto eternal life. Thank you so very much for all your effort to facilitate the harvest of Christ. Bless you all

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