For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder…
See how actively the householder employs himself. His loving heart is so comprehensive that He cannot have enough labourers in His vineyard — not enough souls with which He can, as it wore, share the joy and the glory of the extension of His kingdom. How many a human being who has been troubled at having missed the first appearance of the householder at daybreak, now rejoices at being called into the vineyard before the sun is too high in the heavens. He does not think first of stipulating about his hire; the word of the Lord, "Whatsoever is right, I will give you," is even more than he requires, and at the sixth hour he joyfully enters into his work in the Lord's vineyard. It has been painful to him to stand idle; to gaze for half a day upon that which is intended for working, and yet to be unable to work at it.
(R. Rothe, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.