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Matthew 20:3

    Matthew 20:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing in the marketplace idle;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he went out about the third hour, and saw others in the market-place doing nothing;

    Webster's Revision

    And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing in the marketplace idle;

    World English Bible

    He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing in the marketplace idle;

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 20:3

    The third hour - Nine o'clock in the morning.

    Market-place - Where laborers usually stood till they were hired. I have often seen laborers standing in the market places of large towns in these countries, waiting to be employed.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 20:3

    About the third hour - The Jews divided their days into twelve equal parts, or hours, beginning at sunrise and ending at sunset. This was, therefore about nine o'clock in the morning.

    Standing idle in the market-place - A place where provisions are sold in towns. Of course, many resort to such places, and it would be the readiest place to meet persons and find employers. They were not, therefore, disposed to be idle, but were waiting in the proper place to find employers.