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

  • 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!
  • Paul
    The devout Jew is learned in the Torah. They are observant of the law of God thru Moses. Abraham was a friend of God, Moses was his scribe. Jesus is sent to demonstrate the Holy Spirit, the power of prayer and eternal life for whom it is prepared. Christians should not be so presumptuous lest their vineyard be taken from them and given to others. The heart of man is evil. God is Judge,not man!
  • Insight777
    The cup that Jesus drank from is faith. A faith can look clean on the outside, as the Jewish faith, by holding religious doctrine that proclaims to be truth. If the religion is wrong built on lies then the inside of the cup needs to be cleaned. The faith from Jesus is he is the Son of God. This is a clean cup full of truth. Jesus wanted his pure faith/cup to be passed to others after his death.
  • A disciple
    Lu2677; No! The Jews do not follow the Torah! They follow their own teachers and books, ever since they rejected Jesus. They SAY they study Torah; but as you and I understand it, NO! And they have a completely perverted view of nearly everything that WE understand in the Old Testament. I come from a Jewish background, and I have had discussions with many Orthodox Jews; they DO NOT follow the Word!

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