Matthew 20:16

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many bee called, but fewe chosen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"So the last shall be first, and the first last."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So the last shall be first, and the first last.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So the last will be first, and the first last.
- Basic English Bible

Thus shall the last be first, and the first last; for many are called ones, but few chosen ones.
- Darby Bible

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many are called, but few chosen.
- Webster's Bible

So the last shall be first, and the first last.
- Weymouth Bible

So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen."
- World English Bible

So the laste schulen be the firste, and the firste the laste; `for many ben clepid, but fewe ben chosun.
- Wycliffe Bible

So the last shall be first, and the first last, for many are called, and few chosen.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 20:16


20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last - Not only with regard to the Jews and Gentiles, but in a thousand other instances. For many are called - All who hear the Gospel; but few chosen - Only those who obey it. #Mt 19:30|; 22:14.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 20:16


Mt 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last. A special lesson, first, to the Jews. They had been called first by God, but the Gentiles who heard the call should soon enjoy special privileges. They would even be first in the kingdom, because of their greater readiness to receive the gospel. Our duty in the vineyard is to go to work as soon as the Lord calls us, and to do what he tells us.

Discussion for Matthew 20

  • A disciple
    servant; the religion of God is not an organization of division and disagreements! The true Saints of old time were good and loving and righteous, with the Law of God in their hearts and His fear directing their course in life. So true for the Disciple in the early days of the Christianity, they had all things common, were holy, and were persecuted for being good. The same is true today!
  • Servant of God
    Many are called(not so much this generation)few are chosen. Jesus called many and a religious organization ensued but divided itself not in unity but disagreements. This is the vineyard (where work is done and wages earned) As for who is chosen, it is God, who has no equal, choses! This is Biblical. As for the Son, his reward was great for he saw the Father and was glad.
  • Lilian
    The first shall be the last and the last first for many be called but only few are choosen. Not all who called Lord Lord can enter into the kingdom of God but only servants who accept Jesus and obey his words will only be saved I will praise you Jesus forever Jehovah my Savior Shalom amen
  • Robert
    I believe the story of the laborers is about salvation thru Jesus Christ. Those saved all have an equal access to Heaven even if their Love for Christ is one second or a hundred years. Salvation is never too late.
  • A disciple
    The story of the laborers in the vineyard teaches us, that the Lord who hired all the workers told everyone that whatever is right they shall receive, and agreed for a day's wages for going to work. The men that could only come to work for one hour, all still got a day's wages; which was paid out of the Lord's own money, and had nothing to do with the agreement He made with everyone else.
  • A disciple
    Paul; "The devout Jew is learned in the Torah. They are observant of the law of God through Moses." What has changed with God since He had David write the 2nd Psalm? When, over the last, almost 2000 years, did God change His mind, and now no longer requires us to go through His Son to come to Him? Until the Jews, and everyone else converts and believes in Jesus, THEY CANNOT BE SAVED!