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Matthew 20:1-34

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

1“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2He agreed to pay them a denarius20:2 A denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer. for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

3“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

7“ ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

8“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

9“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13“But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time

17Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 18“We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”

A Mother’s Request

20Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

21“What is it you want?” he asked.

She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

22“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

“We can,” they answered.

23Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

24When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Two Blind Men Receive Sight

29As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

31The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

32Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

33“Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

34Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Mateo 20:1-34

Afuom Adwumayɛfoɔ Ho Abɛbuo

1Yesu sane buu wɔn ɛbɛ foforɔ bi sɛ, “Ɔsoro Ahennie te sɛ okuafoɔ bi a ɔfirii adi anɔpa bi, sɛ ɔrekɔhwehwɛ nnipa abɔ wɔn paa. 2Ne nsa kaa apaafoɔ no, ɔne wɔn hyehyɛɛ sɛ ɔbɛma wɔn ɛda koro adwuma so akatua.

3“Ankyɛre ɔfirii adi bio kɔhunuu nnipa bi nso, sɛ wɔgyinagyina hɔ a wɔnyɛ hwee na wɔrehwehwɛ obi ama wabɔ wɔn paa. 4Ɔfaa wɔn nso de wɔn kɔɔ nʼafuo no mu. Ɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn nso sɛ, ɔbɛma wɔn ɛda koro adwuma so akatua.

5“Ɔsane kɔɔ owigyinaeɛ ne nnɔnmiɛnsa ɛberɛ mu kɔbɔɔ nnipa foforɔ paa ne wɔn yɛɛ nhyehyɛeɛ korɔ no ara bi. 6Ɔsane firii adi bɛyɛ nnomum berɛ mu, kɔhunuu sɛ nnipa bi gyinagyina hɔ. Ɔbisaa wɔn sɛ, ‘Adɛn enti na ɛda mu yi nyinaa mogyinagyina ha a monyɛ hwee?’

7“Wɔyii ano sɛ, ‘Obi mmɛbɔɔ yɛn paa.’

“Ɛhɔ ara na ɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, ‘Ɛnneɛ monkɔka apaafoɔ a wɔreyɛ adwuma wɔ mʼafuom no ho.’

8“Ɛduruu anwummerɛ no, ɔfrɛɛ deɛ ɔtua nʼapaafoɔ no ka no ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, ‘Hwɛ na tua wɔn ka, firi wɔn a wɔbaa akyire no so kɔsi wɔn a wɔbaa kane no so.’

9“Apaafoɔ a ɔfaa wɔn akyire no nyinaa, ɔtuaa wɔn ɛda koro apaabɔdeɛ. 10Wɔn a wɔfaa wɔn kane no nso baeɛ. Wɔsusuu sɛ wɔbɛnya sika a ɛboro wɔn a ɔfaa wɔn akyire no deɛ no so. Nanso, wɔn nso, ɔtuaa wɔn sɛdeɛ ɔtuaa wɔn a wɔbaa akyire no ara pɛ. 11Wɔn nsa kaa wɔn apaabɔdeɛ no, anyɛ wɔn dɛ. 12Wɔka kyerɛɛ afuowura no sɛ, ‘Nnipa a wɔbaa akyire no yɛɛ adwuma dɔnhwereɛ baako pɛ, nso yɛn a yɛyɛɛ adwuma firi anɔpa ma owia hyee yɛn no, womaa yɛne wɔn nyinaa akatua pɛ.’

13“Ɔbuaa wɔn mu baako sɛ, ‘Damfo, menyɛɛ wo bɔne biara. Me ne wo anni ano sɛ, mɛma wo ɛda koro adwuma so akatua anaa? 14Fa sika a wo nsa aka no na kɔ. Ɛfiri me pɛ mu na meretua wɔn a wɔbaa kane ne wɔn a wɔbaa akyire no nyinaa ka pɛ. 15Mmara bi si me ho ɛkwan sɛ mede me sika yɛ deɛ mepɛ? Anaasɛ mʼayamyɛ enti na wʼani abere yi?’

16“Asɛm a Yesu ka de wieeɛ ne sɛ, ‘Saa ara na wɔn a wɔdi akyire no bɛdi ɛkan, na wɔn a wɔdi ɛkan no nso bɛdi akyire.’ ”

Yesu Hyɛ Ne Owuo Ho Nkɔm Bio

17Yesu siim sɛ ɔrekɔ Yerusalem no, ɔde nʼasuafoɔ no kaa ne ho. 18Wɔrekɔ no, ɔtwee nʼasuafoɔ no gyinaa nkyɛn baabi ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Yɛrekɔ Yerusalem. Wɔbɛyi me ama asɔfoɔ mpanin ne twerɛsɛm no akyerɛkyerɛfoɔ, na wɔabu me kumfɔ. 19Wɔde me bɛhyɛ Roma aban nsa, na wɔadi me ho fɛw, abɔ me asɛnnua mu, na ne nnansa so no, mɛsɔre afiri awufoɔ mu.”

Maame Bi Abisadeɛ

20Sebedeo mma Yakobo ne Yohane ne wɔn maame baa Yesu nkyɛn. Ɔbaa yi de adesrɛdeɛ bi bɛtoo Yesu anim.

21Yesu bisaa no sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn na wopɛ sɛ menyɛ mma woɔ?”

Ɔbuaa no sɛ, “Mepɛ sɛ, sɛ wokɔ wʼahennie mu a, me mma baanu yi mu baako tena wo nifa so, na ɔbaako nso tena wo benkum so.”

22Nanso, Yesu ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Wonnim deɛ worebisa no.” Afei, ɔdanee ne ho bisaa Yakobo ne Yohane sɛ, “Mobɛtumi anom kuruwa a merebɛnom ano no bi anaa?”

Wɔbuaa no sɛ, “Yɛbɛtumi!”

23Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Me kuruwa ano deɛ, mobɛtumi anom, nanso menni tumi sɛ meyi wɔn a wɔbɛtena me nifa anaa me benkum so. Saa afa no wɔ hɔ ma wɔn a mʼagya ayi wɔn no.”

24Asuafoɔ edu a aka no tee deɛ Yakobo ne Yohane akɔbisa no, wɔn bo fuiɛ. 25Yesu frɛɛ wɔn nyinaa ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Monim sɛ ahene ne atumfoɔ di wɔn a wɔhyɛ wɔn ase no so. Saa ara nso na wɔn a wɔdi wɔn so no nso di afoforɔ so. 26Nanso, mo deɛ, ɛnte saa wɔ mo mu. Mmom, obiara a ɔpɛ sɛ ɔyɛ kɛse wɔ mo mu no, ɛsɛ sɛ ɔyɛ mo ɔsomfoɔ. 27Obiara a ɔpɛ sɛ ɔyɛ ɔkannifoɔ wɔ mo mu no, ɔnyɛ mo akoa. 28Onipa Ba no amma sɛ wɔnsom no, na mmom ɔbɛsomoeɛ, na ɔde ne ɔkra too hɔ sɛ agyedeɛ maa nnipa nyinaa.”

Anifirafoɔ Baanu Hunu Adeɛ

29Yesu ne nʼasuafoɔ firi Yeriko rekɔ no, nnipadɔm tu dii wɔn akyi. 30Wɔrekɔ no, wɔkɔfaa baabi a anifirafoɔ baanu bi teteɛ. Anifirafoɔ yi tee sɛ Yesu retwam no, wɔteateaam sɛ, “Awurade, Dawid Ba, hunu yɛn mmɔbɔ!”

31Nnipadɔm a wɔdi Yesu akyi no teateaa wɔn sɛ wɔmmua wɔn ano. Nanso, anifirafoɔ no kɔɔ so teateaam sɛ, “Awurade, Dawid Ba, hunu yɛn mmɔbɔ!”

32Yesu duruu deɛ wɔteteɛ hɔ no, ɔgyina, bisaa wɔn sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn na mopɛ sɛ meyɛ ma mo?”

33Wɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Awurade, yɛpɛ sɛ yɛhunu adeɛ!”

34Anifirafoɔ no yɛɛ Yesu mmɔbɔ. Ɔde ne nsa kekaa wɔn ani, na prɛko pɛ, wɔhunuu adeɛ, na wɔdii nʼakyi.