1'Now the kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. 2He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day and sent them to his vineyard. 3Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place 4and said to them, "You go to my vineyard too and I wil give you a fair wage." 5So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. 6Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing around, and he said tothem, "Why have you been standing here idle all day?" 7"Because no one has hired us," they answered. He said to them, "You go into my vineyard too." 8In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, "Call the workers and pay them theirwages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first." 9So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. 10When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. 11They took it, but grumbled at the landowner saying, 12"The men who came last have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us,though we have done a heavy day's work in al the heat." 13He answered one of them and said, "My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on onedenarius? 14Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the lastcomer as much as I pay you. 15Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why should you be envious because I am generous?" 16Thus the last wil be first, and the first, last.' 17Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, and on the road he took the Twelve aside by themselves and saidto them, 18'Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man is about to be handed over to the chiefpriests and scribes. They wil condemn him to death 19and will hand him over to the gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified; and on the third dayhe wil be raised up again.' 20Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came with her sons to make a request of him, and bowed low; 21and he said to her, 'What is it you want?' She said to him, 'Promise that these two sons of mine maysit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your kingdom.' 22Jesus answered, 'You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going todrink?' They replied, 'We can.' 23He said to them, 'Very wel ; you shal drink my cup, but as for seats at my right hand and my left,these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been al otted by my Father.' 24When the other ten heard this they were indignant with the two brothers. 25But Jesus cal ed them to him and said, 'You know that among the gentiles the rulers lord it over them,and great men make their authority felt. 26Among you this is not to happen. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be yourservant, 27and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave, 28just as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.' 29As they left Jericho a large crowd fol owed him. 30And now there were two blind men sitting at the side of the road. When they heard that it was Jesuswho was passing by, they shouted, 'Lord! Have pity on us, son of David.' 31And the crowd scolded them and told them to keep quiet, but they only shouted the louder, 'Lord!Have pity on us, son of David.' 32Jesus stopped, cal ed them over and said, 'What do you want me to do for you?' 33They said to him, 'Lord, let us have our sight back.' 34Jesus felt pity for them and touched their eyes, and at once their sight returned and they fol owedhim.
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