And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
Whether of them twain did the will of [his] father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I [go], sir: and went not.
He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
But what think ye? A [certain] man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
Take [that] thine [is], and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
And if it bear fruit, [well]: and if not, [then] after that thou shalt cut it down.
And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung [it]:
Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
He spake also this parable; A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out [his] vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
And they caught him, and cast [him] out of the vineyard, and slew [him].
But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
Saying, These last have wrought [but] one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest [any] hurt it, I will keep it night and day.
In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts [is] the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; [and] break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:
What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
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.
And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
And when they had received [it], they murmured against the goodman of the house,
But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
And when they came that [were hired] about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
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.
They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, [that] shall ye receive.
And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: