Matthew 20:6
New International Version
About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?'

New Living Translation
“At five o’clock that afternoon he was in town again and saw some more people standing around. He asked them, ‘Why haven’t you been working today?’

English Standard Version
And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’

Berean Study Bible
About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ he asked.

Berean Literal Bible
And about the eleventh having gone out, he found others standing, and says to them, 'Why do you stand here all the day idle?'

King James Bible
And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

New King James Version
And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’

New American Standard Bible
And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day long?’

NASB 1995
"And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day long?'

NASB 1977
“And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing; and he said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day long?’

Amplified Bible
And about the eleventh hour (5:00 p.m.) he went out and found others standing around, and he said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’

Christian Standard Bible
Then about five he went and found others standing around and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day doing nothing? ’

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then about five he went and found others standing around, and said to them, Why have you been standing here all day doing nothing?'

American Standard Version
And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing; and he saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And towards the 11th hour he went out and he found others who were standing and were idle, and he said to them, 'Why are you standing and are idle all day?'

Contemporary English Version
Finally, about five in the afternoon the man went back and found some others standing there. He asked them, "Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?"

Douay-Rheims Bible
But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he saith to them: Why stand you here all the day idle?

English Revised Version
And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing; and he saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

Good News Translation
It was nearly five o'clock when he went to the marketplace and saw some other men still standing there. 'Why are you wasting the whole day here doing nothing?' he asked them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
About 5 p.m. he went out and found some others standing around. He said to them, 'Why are you standing here all day long without work?'

International Standard Version
About five o'clock he went out and found some others standing around. He asked them, 'Why are you standing here all day long without work?'

Literal Standard Version
And about the eleventh hour, having gone forth, he found others standing idle and says to them, Why have you stood here idle all day?

NET Bible
And about five o'clock that afternoon he went out and found others standing around, and said to them, 'Why are you standing here all day without work?'

New Heart English Bible
About five that afternoon he went out, and found others standing. He said to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?'

Weymouth New Testament
And going out about five o'clock he found others loitering, and he asked them, "'Why have you been standing here all day long, doing nothing?'

World English Bible
About the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?'

Young's Literal Translation
And about the eleventh hour, having gone forth, he found others standing idle, and saith to them, Why here have ye stood all the day idle?

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Parable of the Workers
5So they went. He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. 6 About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ he asked. 7‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. So he told them, ‘You also go into my vineyard.’…

Cross References
Matthew 20:5
So they went. He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing.

Matthew 20:7
Because no one has hired us,' they answered. So he told them, 'You also go into my vineyard.'


Treasury of Scripture

And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and said to them, Why stand you here all the day idle?

the eleventh.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Luke 23:40-43
But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? …

John 9:4
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Why.

Proverbs 19:15
Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Ezekiel 16:49
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

Acts 17:21
(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)









(6) About the eleventh hour.--The working day, which did not commonly extend beyond twelve hours (John 11:9), was all but over, and yet there was still work to be done in the vineyard, all the more urgent because of the lateness of the hour. The labourers who had been first hired were not enough. Is there not an implied suggestion that they were not labouring as zealously as they might have done? They were working on their contract for the day's wages. Those who were called last of all had the joy of feeling that their day was not lost; and that joy and their faith in the justice of their employer gave a fresh energy to their toil.

Verse 6. - The eleventh hour; the hour before sunset, say about 5 p.m., leaving only one hour for work, when it would be most unusual to engage labourers. Idle. The word is omitted in some manuscripts. There is some reproach in the master's question. Where were they earlier in the day, when he was hiring labourers for his vineyard? Why were they not in the marketplace, like their comrades, looking out for employment? Such questions, like many, others in the parable, are left unanswered. We see from the universal use of the term, "the eleventh hour," to express the close of the day of grace, how widely has prevailed the interpretation of the parable which applies it to the various stages of the life of the individual. (See on this below.)

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
About
Περὶ (Peri)
Preposition
Strong's 4012: From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

eleventh [hour]
ἑνδεκάτην (hendekatēn)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1734: Eleventh. Ordinal from hendeka; eleventh.

he went out
ἐξελθὼν (exelthōn)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1831: To go out, come out. From ek and erchomai; to issue.

[and] found
εὗρεν (heuren)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2147: A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find.

still others
ἄλλους (allous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 243: Other, another (of more than two), different. A primary word; 'else, ' i.e. Different.

standing [around].
ἑστῶτας (hestōtas)
Verb - Perfect Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 2476: A prolonged form of a primary stao stah'-o; to stand, used in various applications.

‘Why
Τί (Ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

have you been standing
ἑστήκατε (hestēkate)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2476: A prolonged form of a primary stao stah'-o; to stand, used in various applications.

here
ὧδε (hōde)
Adverb
Strong's 5602: From an adverb form of hode; in this same spot, i.e. Here or hither.

all
ὅλην (holēn)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3650: All, the whole, entire, complete. A primary word; 'whole' or 'all', i.e. Complete, especially as noun or adverb.

day [long]
ἡμέραν (hēmeran)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

doing nothing?’
ἀργοί (argoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 692: Idle, lazy, thoughtless, unprofitable, injurious. (by implication) lazy, useless.

he asked.
λέγει (legei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.


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