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

  • 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
  • Rev.Dr. Shahbaz Khokhar
    Matthew was disciple of Jesus Christ, he was preacher afterword.
  • Tuelo
    You make me glad by your deeds,lord I sing for joy at what your hands have done
  • Eziokwu Raphael Ohen for verse 26
    But it shall not be so among you: But whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. Rather than minister some translations used servant. The important thing is that a Christian should serve or minster to the needs of people. Jesus came to serve. Those who came in His name must follow His steps. They must serve the needs of neighbours, church members, friends, colleagues, co-travelers and even enemies, who are less privileged, deprived of their right, oppressed, depressed, sick, ignorant, weak, faithless, orphans, widows and widowers, illiterate, etc. In this talk Jesus was telling Christians to serve because service to humans will build them up. In the church people should not be looking for high sounding names, praises, colours, titles, opportunities for eloquence, to be noticed in wonders but visit the sick, those absent from church and fellowship, help the poor, support new converts and backsliders, visit the aged, support widows and widowers, sweep and clean church without asking for notice, attend to community activities to bring security, harmony and physical development without posing as lords or masters, etc
  • We have to first realize that Jesus start off this parable referring to what the kingdom of heaven is like, not the kingdom of God. So he's referring to the physical kingdom here on earth that was rejected and will come at the end of the world. So referring to the comment The last shall be first and the first shall be last, has something to do with the works on the law that's involved possibly. I was thinking it has something to do with the little children as he has been referring to. Remember, the economy of entering the kingdom of heaven is drastically different than our spiritual born-again gospel message of the kingdom of God.

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