Bishops' Bible

Matthew 20

Christ, by the similitude of the labourers in the vineyard, sheweth that God is debtor unto no man:

Matthew 20:1 For the kyngdome of heauen is lyke vnto a man, that is an householder, whiche went out earlye in the mornyng to hire labourers into his vineyarde. Matthew 20:2 And he agreed with the labourers for a peny a day, & sent them into his vineyarde. Matthew 20:3 And he went out about the thirde houre, and sawe other standyng idle in the market place, Matthew 20:4 And saide vnto them: Go ye also into ye vineyard, & whatsoeuer is right, I wyl geue you. And they went their way. Matthew 20:5 Agayne, he went out about the sixth and nynth houre, and dyd lykewyse. Matthew 20:6 And about the eleuenth houre, he wet out, and founde other standyng idle, and saide vnto them: why stande ye here all the day idle? Matthew 20:7 They saye vnto him: because no man hath hyred vs. He sayth vnto them: go ye also into the vineyarde, and whatsoeuer is ryght, that shall ye receaue. Matthew 20:8 So, when euen was come, the lorde of the vineyard sayth vnto his steward: Call the labourers, and geue them their hire, beginning at ye last, vntyll the first. Matthew 20:9 And when they came, that [were hired] about the eleuenth houre, they receaued euery man a peny. Matthew 20:10 But when the firste came also, they supposed that they shoulde haue receaued more: and they lykewyse receaued euery man a peny. Matthew 20:11 And when they had receaued it, they murmured against the good man of the house, Matthew 20:12 Saying: These laste haue wrought but one houre, & thou hast made them equall vnto vs, whiche haue borne the burthen and heate of the day. Matthew 20:13 But he aunswered to one of the, & said: Frende, I do thee no wrong: dyddest thou not agree with me for a peny? Matthew 20:14 Take that thyne is, and go thy way: I wyll geue vnto this last, euen as vnto thee. Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawfull for me, to do that I wyll with myne owne? Is thyne eye euyll, because I am good? Matthew 20:16 So the last, shalbe the first, & the first [shalbe] last: For many be called, but fewe [be] chosen.

foretelleth his passion:

Matthew 20:17 And Iesus, goyng vp to Hierusale, toke the twelue disciples asyde in the way, and sayde vnto them: Matthew 20:18 Beholde, we go vp to Hierusalem, and the sonne of man shalbe betrayed vnto the chiefe priestes, and vnto the scribes, and they shall condempne hym to death: Matthew 20:19 And shall deliuer him to the Gentiles to be mocked, and to be scourged, and to be crucified: and the thirde day, he shall ryse agayne.

by answering the mother of Zebedee's children, teacheth his disciples to be lowly:

Matthew 20:20 Then came to hym the mother of Zebedees chyldren, with her sonnes, worshyppyng hym, and desiryng a certayne thyng of hym. Matthew 20:21 And he sayth vnto her: what wylt thou? She saith vnto him: graunt, that these my two sonnes may syt, the one on thy ryght hande, and the other on the left, in thy kyngdome. Matthew 20:22 But Iesus aunswered, and saide: Ye wote not what ye aske. Are ye able to drynke of the cuppe that I shall drynke of? and to be baptized with the baptisme that I am baptized with? They say vnto hym: we are able. Matthew 20:23 He sayth vnto them: Ye shall drynke in deede of my cuppe, and be baptized with the baptisme that I am baptized with: But to syt on my ryght hande, & on my lefte, is not myne to geue, but to them for whom it is prepared for of my father. Matthew 20:24 And when the ten hearde [this], they disdayned at the two brethren. Matthew 20:25 But Iesus called them vnto him, and sayde: Ye know that the princes of the gentiles haue dominion ouer them: and they that are great, exercise aucthoritie vpon them. Matthew 20:26 It shall not be so among you: But whosoeuer wyll be great among you, let hym be your minister: Matthew 20:27 And who so wyl be chiefe among you, let hym be your seruaunt. Matthew 20:28 Euen as the sonne of man came, not to be ministred vnto, but to minister, and to geue his lyfe a raunsome for many. Matthew 20:29 And as they departed from Hierico, much people folowed hym.

and giveth two blind men their sight.

Matthew 20:30 And behold, two blind men syttyng by the waye syde, when they hearde that Iesus passed by, they cryed, saying: O Lorde, thou sonne of Dauid, haue mercie on vs. Matthew 20:31 And the people rebuked them, because they should holde their peace. But they cryed the more, saying: haue mercy on vs, O Lorde, thou sonne of Dauid. Matthew 20:32 And Iesus stode styll, & called them, and sayde: what wyll ye that I shall do vnto you? Matthew 20:33 They saye vnto hym? Lord, that our eyes may be opened. Matthew 20:34 So Iesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediatly theyr eyes receaued syght. And they folowed hym.

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