Matthew 20:3
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New International Version
"About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.

King James Bible
And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

Darby Bible Translation
And having gone out about [the] third hour, he saw others standing in the market-place idle;

World English Bible
He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace.

Young's Literal Translation
'And having gone forth about the third hour, he saw others standing in the market-place idle,

Matthew 20:3 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The third hour - Nine o'clock in the morning.

Market-place - Where laborers usually stood till they were hired. I have often seen laborers standing in the market places of large towns in these countries, waiting to be employed.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the third.

Mark 15:25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

Acts 2:15 For these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

standing.

Matthew 20:6,7 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...

Matthew 11:16,17 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like to children sitting in the markets, and calling to their fellows...

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

Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters...

Acts 17:17-21 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him...

1 Timothy 5:13 And with they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies...

Hebrews 6:12 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Library
February 2. "And Whosoever Will be Great among You, Let Him be Your Minister. And Whosoever Will be Chief among You, Let Him be Your Servant" (Matt. xx. 26, 27).
"And whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant" (Matt. xx. 26, 27). Slave is the literal meaning of the word, doulos. The first word used for service is diakanos, which means a minister to others in any usual way or work: but the word doulos means a bond slave, and the Lord here plainly teaches us that the highest service is that of a bond slave. He Himself made Himself the servant of all, and he who would come
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

What the Historic Christ Taught About his Death
'The Son of Man came... to give His life a ransom for many.'--Matt. xx. 28. We hear a great deal at present about going back to 'the Christ of the Gospels.' In so far as that phrase and the movement of thought which it describes are a protest against the substitution of doctrines for the Person whom the doctrines represent, I, for one, rejoice in it. But I believe that the antithesis suggested by the phrase, and by some of its advocates avowed, between the Christ of the Gospels and the Christ of
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Augustine 354-430 -- the Recovery of Sight by the Blind
I. Ye know, holy brethren, full well as we do, that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the physician of our eternal health; and that to this end we task the weakness of our natures, that our weakness might not last forever. For He assumed a mortal body, wherein to kill death. And, "though He was crucified through weakness," as the apostle saith, yet He "liveth by the power of God." They are the words, too, of the same apostle: "He dieth no more, death hath no more dominion over Him." These things,
Various—The World's Great Sermons, Volume I

The Historical Books of the New Testament, Meaning Thereby the Four Gospels and the Acts...
The historical books of the New Testament, meaning thereby the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, are quoted, or alluded to, by a series of Christian writers, beginning with those who were contemporary with the apostles, or who immediately followed them, and proceeding in close and regular succession from their time to the present. The medium of proof stated in this proposition is, of all others, the most unquestionable, the least liable to any practices of fraud, and is not diminished by
William Paley—Evidences of Christianity

Cross References
Matthew 20:2
He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

Matthew 20:4
He told them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.'

Acts 16:19
When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.

Acts 17:17
So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.

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