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 the
eleventh hour came and each received a denarius.
10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected
to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.
11 When they received it, they began to grumble
against the landowner.
12 ‘These men 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, ‘
Friend, I am not being unfair to you.
Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius?
14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the
man who was hired last the same as I gave you.
15 Don’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.”