Christ, by the similitude of the labourers in the vineyard, sheweth that God is debtor unto no man:
Matthew 20:1 For the kyngedom of heauen is lyke vnto an housholder, which went out early in the mornynge to hyre labourers into hys vyneyarde. Matthew 20:2 And he agreed with the labourers for a peny a daye, and sent them into hys vyneyarde. Matthew 20:3 And he went out about the .iij. houre, and saw other standing ydel in the market place, Matthew 20:4 and sayd vnto them, go ye also into my vineyard: and whatsoeuer is right, I wil geue you. And they went theyr waye. Matthew 20:5 Agayn he went out about the sixt and nynth houre and did likewise. Matthew 20:6 And he went out about the eleuenth houre, and founde other standynge ydel, and sayde vnto theim: Why stande ye here all the day ydell? Matthew 20:7 They sayde vnto hym: because no man hath hyred vs. He sayde to them go ye also into my vyneyarde, & whatsoeuer is right, that shall ye receyue. Matthew 20:8 When euen was come, the Lorde of the vineyarde sayde vnto hys Stewarde: call the labourers, and geue them their hyer, beginning at the laste, tyll thou come to þe first. Matthew 20:9 And they whiche were hyred about the eleuenth houre, came and receyued euery man a peny. Matthew 20:10 Then came the first, supposing that they should receyue more, and they lykewise receyued euery man a peny. Matthew 20:11 And when they had receyued it, they murmured agaynst the good man of the house Matthew 20:12 saying: These laste haue wrought but one houre, and thou haste made theym equall vnto vs whiche haue borne the burthen, and heat of the daye. Matthew 20:13 He aunswered to one of them, saying: frende I do the no wrong: diddest thou not agre with me for a peny? Matthew 20:14 Take that which is thy duety, and go thy waye, I will geue vnto thys laste as muche as to the. Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do as me lusteth with myne owne? Is thyne eye euel because I am good? Matthew 20:16 So þe laste shalbe firste, and the first shalbe laste. For many are called, and few be chosen.
foretelleth his passion:
Matthew 20:17 And Iesus ascended to Ierusalem and toke the .xij. disciples a parte in the way, and sayde to them: Matthew 20:18 Beholde we go vp to Ierusalem, and the sonne of man shalbe betrayed vnto þe chief priestes and vnto the scribes: and they shal condemne hym to death, Matthew 20:19 and shall deliuer hym to the gentels, to be mocked, to be scourged, & to be crucified, and the thirde daye he shall rise agayne.
by answering the mother of Zebedee's children, teacheth his disciples to be lowly:
Matthew 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedes chyldren with her sonnes, worshippyng hym and desiring a certayn thinge of hym. Matthew 20:21 And he saide vnto her: what wilt thou haue? She said vnto hym: Graunt that these my two sonnes maye sitte, the one on thy right hande, and the other on the lift hande in thy kyngdome Matthew 20:22 Iesus aunswered and sayde: Ye wotte not what ye are. Are ye able to drinke of the cup that I shall drynke of: and to be baptised with the baptisme that I shalbe baptised wt? Matthew 20:23 They aunswered to hym: that we are. And he sayde vnto them: Ye shall drynke of my cup, & shal be baptised with the baptisme that I shalbe baptised with. But to sit on my right hande and on my lifte hande, is not myne to geue: but to them for whome it is prepared 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 hym and sayd: Ye know that the Lordes of the gentils haue domination ouer them. And they that are great, exercyse power ouer them. Matthew 20:26 It shall not be so amonge you. But whosoeuer wil be great amonge you, let hym be your minister, Matthew 20:27 and whosoeuer wil be chief, let hym be your seruaunt, Matthew 20:28 euen as the sonne of man came not to be minnistred vnto, but to minister, and to geue his life for the redempcion of many. Matthew 20:29 And as they departed from Hiericho, much people folowed hym.
and giveth two blind men their sight.
Matthew 20:30 And beholde two blynd men sitting by the way syde, when thei heard Iesus passe by, cryed saying: Thou Lord the sonne of Dauid haue mercy on vs. Matthew 20:31 And the people rebuked theym: because they shoulde holde their peace. But they cried the more sayinge: Haue mercy on vs thou Lord which art the sonne of Dauid. Matthew 20:32 Then Iesus stode styll, & called them, and sayde: What will ye that I shoulde do to you? Matthew 20:33 Thei sayde to him: Lorde, that our eyes maye be opened. Matthew 20:34 Iesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes. And immediatly their eyes receiued sight. And thei folowed him.