New International Version
He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and 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.
Darby Bible Translation
And having agreed with the workmen for a denarius the day, he sent them into his vineyard.
World English Bible
When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
Young's Literal Translation
and having agreed with the workmen for a denary a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A penny - A Roman coin, as noted before, Matthew 18:28, worth about seven-pence halfpenny or seven-pence three farthings of our money, and equal to the Greek drachma. This appears to have been the ordinary price of a day's labor at that time. See Tobit 5:14. In 1351 the price of labor was regulated in this country by parliament; and it is remarkable that "corn-weeders and hay-makers, without meat, drink, or other courtesy demanded," were to have one penny per day! In 1314 the pay of a chaplain to the Scotch bishops, who were then prisoners in England, was three halfpence per day. See Fleetwood's Chronicon Precios, p. 123, 129. This was miserable wages, though things at that time were so cheap that twenty-four eggs were sold for a penny, p. 72; a pair of shoes for four-pence, p. 71; a fat goose for two-pence halfpenny, p. 72; a hen for a penny, p. 72; eight bushels of wheat for two shillings, and a fat ox for six shillings and eight-pence! Ibid. In 1336, wheat per quarter, 2s.; a fat sheep 6d.; fat goose, 2d. and a pig, 1d., p. 75.
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a penny. 'The Roman penny is the eighth part of an ounce, which after five shillings the ounce is sevenpence halfpenny.'
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Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
"About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.
Should we pay or shouldn't we?" But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. "Why are you trying to trap me?" he asked. "Bring me a denarius and let me look at it."
"Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?" "Caesar's," they replied.
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