Matthew 20:3

And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 20:3

And he went out about the third houre, and saw others standing idle in the market place,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the market place;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing in the marketplace idle;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he went out about the third hour, and saw others in the market-place doing nothing;
- Basic English Bible

And having gone out about [the] third hour, he saw others standing in the market-place idle;
- Darby Bible

And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place,
- Webster's Bible

About nine o'clock he went out and saw others loitering in the market-place.
- Weymouth Bible

He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace.
- World English Bible

And he yede out aboute the thridde our, and say othere stondynge idel in the chepyng.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And having gone forth about the third hour, he saw others standing in the market-place idle,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 20:3

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 20:3


20:1 That some of those who were first called may yet be last, our Lord confirms by the following parable: of which the primary scope is, to show, That many of the Jews would be rejected, and many of the Gentiles accepted; the secondary, That of the Gentiles, many who were first converted would be last and lowest in the kingdom of glory; and many of those who were last converted would be first, and highest therein. The kingdom of heaven is like - That is, the manner of God's proceeding in his kingdom resembles that of a householder. In the morning - At six, called by the Romans and Jews, the first hour. From thence reckoning on to the evening, they called nine, the third hour; twelve, the sixth; three in the afternoon, the ninth; and five, the eleventh. To hire labourers into his vineyard - All who profess to be Christians are in this sense labourers, and are supposed during their life to be working in God's vineyard.

20:2 The Roman penny was about seven pence halfpenny. [About thirteen and three quarter cents, American.] This was then the usual price of a day's labour.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 20:3


Mt 20:3,4 About the third hour. Nine o'clock. The hours were counted from six o'clock.

Discussion for Matthew 20:3

  • Nkosinathi Ngulube on Matthew 20:3
    In a manner of speaking, these labourers resemble newly won souls at an altar call, zealous and willing to work in His vineyard. In reality, the first hands normally reckon they are the chosen ones but forget dismally that we are all disciples hired for one purpose, it ain 't about me or you but the harvest and no matter how hard one works, the result ought to be the same Harvest


 

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