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Matthew 20:8

    Matthew 20:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard said to his steward, Call the laborers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last to the first.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the laborers, and pay them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And when evening came, the lord of the vine-garden said to his manager, Let the workers come, and give them their payment, from the last to the first.

    Webster's Revision

    And when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the laborers, and pay them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

    World English Bible

    When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.'

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and pay them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

    Definitions for Matthew 20:8

    Steward - Manager.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 20:8

    When the even was come - Six o'clock, the time they ceased from labor, and the workmen came to receive their wages.

    Steward - Επιτρωπος. A manager of the household concerns under the master. The rabbinical writers use the very same word, in Hebrew letters, for the same office, אפיטרופוס epitropos. See Kypke.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 20:8

    When even was come - That is, when the twelfth hour had come; the day was ended, and the time of payment was come.

    The steward - A steward is one who transacts business in the place of another. He was one who had the administration of affairs in the absence of the householder, who provided for the family, and who was entrusted with the payment of laborers and servants. He was commonly the most trusty and faithful of the servants, raised to that station as a reward for his fidelity.

    Beginning from the last unto the first - It was immaterial where he began to pay, provided he dealt justly by them. In the parable this order is mentioned to give opportunity for the remarks which follow. Had those first hired been first paid, they would have departed satisfied, and the point of the parable would have been lost.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 20:8

    20:8 In the evening - Of life; or of the world.