Friday, September 5, 2014

(29) Vineyard workers

Jesus continued with his teaching,
"The kingdom of Heaven is like the owner of an estate
who went out in morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
At 9 o'clock in the morning,
he was passing through the marketplace and
saw some people standing around.
So he hired them, and agreed to pay the normal daily wage.
At noon and again at 3 o'clock he hired more people.
At 5 o'clock he saw some people standing around,
'Why haven't you been working today?"
They replied,
"No one hired us."
The owner told them to join the others in the vineyard.
That evening, the owner paid everyone a full daily's wage.
But those hired earlier protested,
'Those people worked only 1 hour, and yet
you have paid them just as much as you paid us
who worked all day!'
The owner answered,
'Friend, I have not been unfair,
Didn't you agree to work all day for the normal wage?
You're angry because I am kind?'

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