Douay Rheims Challoner - Matthew, 20

The parable of the labourers in the vineyard. The ambition of the two sons of Zebedee. Christ gives sight to two blind men.
[1] The kingdom of heaven is like to an householder, who went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
[2] And having agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
[3] And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing in the marketplace idle.
[4] And he said to them: Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give you what shall be just.
[5] And they went their way. And again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did in like manner.
[6] 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?
[7] They say to him: Because no man hath hired us. He saith to them: Go ye also into my vineyard.
[8] And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward: Call the labourers and pay them their hire, beginning from the last even to the first.
[9] When therefore they were come that came about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
[10] But when the first also came, they thought that they should receive more: And they also received every man a penny.
[11] And receiving it they murmured against the master of the house,
[12] Saying: These last have worked but one hour. and thou hast made them equal to us, that have borne the burden of the day and the heats.
[13] But he answering said to one of them: friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny?
[14] Take what is thine, and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee.
[15] Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Is thy eye evil, because I am good?
What I will: That is, with my own, and in matters that depend on my own bounty.
[16] So shall the last be first and the first last. For many are called but few chosen.
[17] And Jesus going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples apart and said to them:
[18] Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be betrayed to the chief priests and the scribes: and they shall condemn him to death.
[19] And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified: and the third day he shall rise again.
[20] Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, adoring and asking something of him.
[21] Who said to her: What wilt thou? She saith to him: say that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom.
[22] And Jesus answering, said: You know not what you ask. Can you drink the chalice that I shall drink? They say to him: We can.
[23] He saith to them: My chalice indeed you shall drink; but to sit on my right or left hand is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared by my Father.
[24] And the ten, hearing it, were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
[25] But Jesus called them to him and said: You know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them; and that they that are the greater, exercise power upon them.
[26] It shall not be so among you: but whosoever is the greater among you, let him be your minister.
[27] And he that will be first among you shall be your servant.
[28] Even as the Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a redemption for many.
[29] And when they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
[30] And behold two blind men sitting by the way side heard that Jesus passed by. And they cried out, saying: O Lord, thou son of David, have mercy on us.
[31] And the multitude rebuked them that they should hold their peace. But they cried out the more, saying: O Lord, thou son of David, have mercy on us.
[32] And Jesus stood and called them and said: What will ye that I do to you?
[33] They say to him: Lord, that our eyes be opened.
[34] And Jesus having compassion on them, touched their eyes. And immediately they saw and followed him.


[15] What I will: That is, with my own, and in matters that depend on my own bounty.