1“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.2After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.3And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace,4and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’5So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same.6And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ (1Co 15:8)7They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’8And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ (Le 19:13; De 24:15; Mt 24:45; Lu 8:3)9And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius.10Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius.11And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house,12saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ (Lu 12:55; Jas 1:11)13But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? (Mt 22:12; Mt 26:50)14Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. (Mt 25:25)15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ (De 15:9; Pr 23:6; Mt 6:23; Ro 9:15)16So the last will be first, and the first last.” (Mt 19:30)
29And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. (Mt 9:27; Mr 10:46; Lu 18:35)30And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” (Mt 1:1; Mt 21:9; Mt 22:42)31The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” (Mt 19:13)32And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?”33They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.”34And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.