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Matthew 20:1

    Matthew 20:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that was a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a house, who went out early in the morning to get workers into his vine-garden.

    Webster's Revision

    For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that was a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.

    World English Bible

    "For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 20:1

    For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man - a householder - The very commencement of this chapter shows it to be connected with the preceding. The manner of God's proceeding under the Gospel dispensation resembles a householder, who went out at day break, αμα πρωι, together with the morning; as the light began to go out of its chambers in the east, so he went out of his bed-room to employ laborers, that they might cultivate his vineyard. This was what was called, among the Jews and Romans, the first hour; answering to six o'clock in the morning.

    To hire laborers - Some workmen, των εργατων - for he had not got all that was necessary, because we find him going out at other hours to hire more.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 20:1

    For the kingdom of heaven ... - The word "for" shows that this chapter should have been connected with the preceding. The parable was spoken expressly to illustrate the sentiment in the last verse of that chapter: "Many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first." The kingdom of heaven means here the church, including, perhaps, its state here and hereafter. See the notes at Matthew 3:2. It has reference to rewards, and the meaning may be thus expressed: "Rewards shall be bestowed in my kingdom, or on my followers, in the same manner as they were by a certain householder - in such a way that the last shall be equal to the first, and the first last."

    A householder - A master of a family. One at the head of family affairs.

    His vineyard - No inconsiderable part of Judea was employed in the culture of the grape. Vineyards are often used, therefore, to represent a fertile or well-cultivated place, and hence the church, denoting the care and culture that God has bestowed on it. See the notes at Isaiah 5:7. Compare Jeremiah 12:10. For the manner of their construction, see the notes at Matthew 21:33.