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 20:16

  • Atim Eyere for verse 16
    An excellent tool for evangelism or simple witnessing the gospel truth to win souls from hell to God's Kingdom.it'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
  • 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.
  • It is obvious to see how the kJV continues to be mocked by others so to corrupt the minds of Christians, by using miss spelled words so as to make the kJV seem false to allow their versions of the bible to seem right! It is an abomination to God, to add or take away from his word. Now as for the scripture in Mathew 20:16 You better get ready for he is coming soon.
  • MockingBird for verse 16
    I think that God is saying that the last Adam : Which is Jesus Christ will be first and that the first Adam which is Adam will be last : he fell in the garden where Jesus Christ did the whole will of God : And now He is first : Many are called : I believe God calls every one of His children to follow Him all the way : to give their all to Him : Does not mean that they are doomed for hell because they do not follow all the way : their reward will be less in heaven : Few are chosen : to my understanding there are only a select few that will go all the way that God has mapped out for tem. The way is less trodden : narrow to follow the Lord : The way is wide and many there be that go in there at. I want so much to be one of the chosen : I want to be as close to my Lord as I can get.
  • Claudeo for verse 16
    Many are called but few are chosen and be not so inclined to think also that because your pockets are empty that that s what make you poor So to think that because you are poor makes you last consider what the bible states in Matthew 5 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven In Matthew 18 1 6 Jesus reminded His disciples in verse 3 and said Verily I say unto you except ye be converted and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven
  • Barley Bride for verse 16
    This verse means that in the end, our heart attitude is more important than length of service. It shows that God will distribute his Kingdom rewards as he deems fit. I believe the last first; first last principle is in reference to our humility and willingness to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit regardless of when we get started. Those workers who'd toiled in the scorching heat all day were offended when they received the same pay as the workers who'd only worked one hour. They grumbled against God. NOT COOL. I believe his is prophetic and means that those who are "least" in the Kingdom (the faithful unknowns), will be raptured first, pre-tribulation, and crowned as the Bride, and those who believed they were "greatest" in the Kingdom will go through 3.5 years of Hot Summer Sun aka the Tribulation. If they remain faithful overcomers and keep God's word, they will be raptured Mid-trib. Rev. 12:5, Rev. 2:26:27.

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