Matthew 20:2
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English Standard Version
After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

King James Bible
And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

American Standard Version
And when he had agreed with the laborers for a shilling a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And having agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

English Revised Version
And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Weymouth New Testament
and having made an agreement with them for a shilling a day, sent them into his vineyard.

Matthew 20:2 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

For a penny (ἐκ δηναρίον)

A denarius, the chief silver coin of the Romans at this time, and of the value of about seventeen cents. We must remember to reckon according to the rate of wages in that day. A denarius was regarded as good pay for a day's work. It was the pay of a Roman soldier in Christ's time. In almost every case where the word occurs in the New Testament it is connected with the idea of a liberal or large amount. Compare Matthew 18:28; Mark 6:37; Luke 7:41; John 12:5.

For a penny is, literally, out of or on the strength of a penny; the payment being that on the strength of which the agreement was made. The agreement arose out of the demand on the one hand and the promise on the other.

Matthew 20:2 Parallel Commentaries

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he had.

Matthew 20:13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do you no wrong: did not you agree with me for a penny?

Exodus 19:5,6 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure to me above all people...

Deuteronomy 5:27-30 Go you near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak you to us all that the LORD our God shall speak to you...

a penny. 'The Roman penny is the eighth part of an ounce, which after five shillings the ounce is sevenpence halfpenny.'

Matthew 18:28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him...

Matthew 22:19 Show me the tribute money. And they brought to him a penny.

*margins

Luke 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said to him, Take care of him...

Revelation 6:6 And I heard a voice in the middle of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny...

he sent.

1 Samuel 2:18,26 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod...

1 Samuel 3:1,21 And the child Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision...

1 Samuel 16:11,12 And Samuel said to Jesse, Are here all your children? And he said, There remains yet the youngest, and, behold, he keeps the sheep...

1 Kings 3:6-11 And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before you in truth...

1 Kings 18:12 And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from you, that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry you where I know not...

2 Chronicles 34:3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father...

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say...

Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink...

2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures...

Cross References
Matthew 9:37
Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;

Matthew 20:1
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

Matthew 20:3
And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

Mark 12:15
But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, "Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it."

Luke 20:24
"Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?" They said, "Caesar's."

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