Matthew 20:20

“Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children, with her sonnes, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, worshipping `him', and asking a certain thing of him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, giving him worship and making a request of him.
- Basic English Bible

Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee, with her sons, doing homage, and asking something of him.
- Darby Bible

Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children, with her sons, worshiping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
- Webster's Bible

Then the mother of the sons of Zabdi came to Him with her sons, and knelt before Him to make a request of Him.
- Weymouth Bible

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, kneeling and asking a certain thing of him.
- World English Bible

Thanne the modir of the sones of Zebedee cam to hym with hir sones, onourynge, and axynge sum thing of hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

Then came near to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee, with her sons, bowing and asking something from him,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 20:20


20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children - Considering what he had been just speaking, was ever any thing more unreasonable? Perhaps Zebedee himself was dead, or was not a follower of Christ. #Mark 10:35|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 20:20


Mt 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children. Salome, the mother of the apostles James and John, and supposed by many to be the sister of the mother of Jesus. Compare Mr 10:32-35 Lu 18:31-34.

Discussion for Matthew 20

  • A disciple
    "Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen." When the Lord goes out into the mountains and the wilderness, seeking His lost sheep; when He finds it, He puts it on His shoulders and brings it home rejoicing. Why would some of the ninety nine grumble and murmur?
  • 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.

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