20"For the Kingdom of Heaven is like the landowner who went out early one morning to hire workers for his vineyard.G1063G932G3772G2076G3664G444G3617G3748G1831G260G4404G3409G2040G1519G846G290 2He agreed to pay the normal daily wage and sent them out to work.G1161G4856G3326G2040G1537G1220G2250G649G846G1519G846G290 3"At nine o'clock in the morning he was passing through the marketplace and saw some people standing around doing nothing.G2532G1831G4012G5154G5610G1492G243G2476G692G1722G58 4So he hired them, telling them he would pay them whatever was right at the end of the day.G2036G2548G5217G5210G2532G1519G290G2532G3739G1437G5600G1342G1325G5213G1161G565 5So they went to work in the vineyard. At noon and again at three o'clock he did the same thing.G3825G1831G4012G1623G2532G1766G5610G4160G5615 6"At five o'clock that afternoon he was in town again and saw some more people standing around. He asked them, `Why haven't you been working today?'G1161G4012G1734G5610G1831G2147G243G2476G692G2532G3004G846G5101G2476G5602G3650G2250G692 7"They replied, `Because no one hired us.' "The landowner told them, `Then go out and join the others in my vineyard.'G3004G846G3754G3762G3409G2248G3004G846G5217G5210G2532G1519G290G2532G3739G1437G5600G1342G2983 8"That evening he told the foreman to call the workers in and pay them, beginning with the last workers first.G1161G3798G1096G2962G290G3004G846G2012G2564G2040G2532G591G846G3408G756G575G2078G2193G4413 9When those hired at five o'clock were paid, each received a full day's wage.G2532G2064G4012G1734G5610G2983G303G1220 10When those hired first came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more. But they, too, were paid a day's wage.G1161G4413G2064G3543G3754G2983G4119G2532G2532G2983G846G303G1220 11When they received their pay, they protested to the owner,G1161G2983G1111G2596G3617 12`Those people worked only one hour, and yet you've paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat.'G3754G3004G3778G2078G4160G3391G5610G2532G4160G846G2470G2254G3588G941G922G2532G2742G2250 13"He answered one of them, `Friend, I haven't been unfair! Didn't you agree to work all day for the usual wage?G1161G611G1520G846G2036G2083G91G4571G3756G91G4856G3780G4856G3427G1220 14Take your money and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you.G142G4674G2532G5217G1161G2309G1325G5129G2078G2532G5613G4671 15Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?'G2228G3756G1832G3427G4160G3739G2309G1722G1699G1487G2076G4675G3788G4190G3754G1473G1510G18 16"So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last."G3779G2078G2071G4413G2532G4413G2078G1063G4183G1526G2822G1161G3641G1588 17As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him.G2532G2424G305G1519G2414G3880G1427G3101G2596G2398G1722G3598G2532G2036G846 18"Listen," he said, "we're going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die.G2400G305G1519G2414G2532G5207G444G3860G749G2532G1122G2532G2632G846G2288 19Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead."G2532G3860G846G1484G1519G1702G2532G3146G2532G4717G2532G5154G2250G450 20Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor.G5119G4334G846G3384G2199G5207G3326G846G5207G4352G2532G154G5100G3844G846 21"What is your request?" he asked. She replied, "In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left."G1161G2036G846G5101G2309G3004G846G2036G2443G3778G3450G1417G5207G2523G1520G1537G4675G1188G2532G1520G1537G2176G1722G4675G932 22But Jesus answered by saying to them, "You don't know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?" "Oh yes," they replied, "we are able!"G1161G2424G611G2036G1492G3756G5101G154G1410G4095G4221G3739G1473G3195G4095G2532G907G908G3739G1473G907G3004G846G1410 23Jesus told them, "You will indeed drink from my bitter cup. But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. My Father has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen."G2532G3004G846G4095G3303G3450G4221G2532G907G908G3739G1473G907G1161G2523G1537G3450G1188G2532G1537G3450G2176G2076G3756G1699G1325G235G3739G2090G5259G3450G3962 24When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant.G2532G1176G191G23G4012G1417G80 25But Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.G1161G2424G4341G846G2036G1492G3754G758G1484G2634G846G2532G3173G2715G846 26But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,G1161G2071G3756G2071G3779G1722G5213G235G3739G1437G2309G1096G3173G1722G5213G2077G5216G1249 27and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.G2532G3739G1437G2309G1511G4413G1722G5213G2077G5216G1401 28For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many."G5618G5207G444G2064G3756G1247G235G1247G2532G1325G846G5590G3083G473G4183 29As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind.G2532G846G1607G575G2410G4183G3793G190G846 30Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"G2532G2400G1417G5185G2521G3598G3844G191G3754G2424G3855G2896G3004G1653G2248G2962G5207G1138 31"Be quiet!" the crowd yelled at them. But they only shouted louder, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"G1161G3793G2008G846G2443G4623G1161G2896G3185G3004G1653G2248G2962G5207G1138 32When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, "What do you want me to do for you?"G2532G2424G2476G5455G846G2532G2036G5101G2309G4160G5213 33"Lord," they said, "we want to see!"G3004G846G2962G2443G2257G3788G455 34Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.G1161G2424G4697G680G846G3788G2532G2112G846G3788G308G2532G190G846
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