New International Version

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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

馬太福音 20:1-34

葡萄園工人的比喻

1耶穌接著說:「因為天國就像一個園主清早去外面請工人到他的葡萄園做工。 2他跟工人講好一天的工錢是一個銀幣,然後派他們去葡萄園。

3「大約上午九點鐘,園主出去看見一些人站在街市上無所事事, 4就對他們說,『你們到我的葡萄園來工作吧,我會給你們合理的工錢。』

5「他們便去了。正午和下午三點鐘,他又出去繼續請人到葡萄園做工。 6到了下午五點鐘的時候,他再次出去,看見還有人閒站在那裡,就問他們,『為什麼你們整天站在這裡無所事事呢?』 7他們回答說,『因為沒有人僱用我們。』園主說,『你們也到我的葡萄園來吧!』

8「到了傍晚,園主對工頭說,『叫工人來領工錢吧,最晚來的先領,最先來的後領。』

9「下午五點來的工人每人得了一個銀幣。 10最早來的工人來領的時候,以為必定可以多得一點工錢,誰知也各得一個銀幣。

11「他們拿著工錢滿腹牢騷地對園主說, 12『那些最晚來的人只工作了一小時,而我們在烈日之下辛苦了一整天,怎麼會領同樣的工錢呢?』

13「園主對他們當中的一個人說,『朋友,我並沒有欠你呀!我們不是講好付你一個銀幣嗎? 14拿著你的工錢走吧。我給那後來的和你一樣的工錢,是我願意。 15難道我不可隨意使用自己的錢嗎?因為我慷慨,你就眼紅嗎?』 16因此,為首的將要殿後,殿後的將要為首。」

耶穌第三次預言自己受難

17在去耶路撒冷的途中,耶穌把十二個門徒帶到一邊,對他們說: 18「你們要留意,我們現在前往耶路撒冷,人子將被交給祭司長和律法教師。他們要判祂死刑, 19把祂交給外族人,受嘲弄、鞭打,被釘在十字架上。但第三天祂必復活。」

一個母親的請求

20當時,西庇太的妻子帶著兩個兒子上前,跪在耶穌面前,有事要求祂。

21耶穌問她:「你要什麼呢?」

她說:「在你的國度,請讓我這兩個兒子一個坐在你右邊,一個坐在你左邊。」

22耶穌回答說:「你們不知道自己在求什麼。我要喝的那一杯,你們能喝嗎?」

他們說:「我們能。」

23耶穌對他們說:「我要喝的那一杯,你們也要喝。不過誰坐在我的左右不是我來定,而是我父為誰預備的,就讓誰坐。」

24其他十個門徒聽見這事,都對他們兄弟二人十分惱火。 25於是,耶穌把他們叫來,說:「外族人有君王統治他們,有大臣管理他們。但你們不可這樣。 26你們中間,誰要當首領,誰就要做大家的僕人; 27誰要居首位,誰就要做大家的奴僕。 28正如人子不是來受人服侍,而是來服侍人,並且犧牲性命,作許多人的贖價。」

治好兩個瞎子

29耶穌和祂的門徒離開耶利哥時,有一大群人跟著祂。 30有兩個瞎子正坐在路旁,聽說耶穌經過,就高聲喊叫:「主啊,大衛的後裔啊,可憐我們吧!」 31眾人責備他們,叫他們不要出聲,他們卻喊得更大聲了:「主啊,大衛的後裔啊,可憐我們吧!」

32耶穌停下腳步,叫了他們來,問他們:「你們要我為你們做什麼?」 33他們說:「主啊,我們想能夠看見。」 34耶穌就動了慈心,摸他們的眼睛,他們立刻得見光明,並跟從了耶穌。