Matthew 20:16

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many bee called, but fewe chosen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"So the last shall be first, and the first last."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So the last shall be first, and the first last.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So the last will be first, and the first last.
- Basic English Bible

Thus shall the last be first, and the first last; for many are called ones, but few chosen ones.
- Darby Bible

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many are called, but few chosen.
- Webster's Bible

So the last shall be first, and the first last.
- Weymouth Bible

So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen."
- World English Bible

So the laste schulen be the firste, and the firste the laste; `for many ben clepid, but fewe ben chosun.
- Wycliffe Bible

So the last shall be first, and the first last, for many are called, and few chosen.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 20:16


20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last - Not only with regard to the Jews and Gentiles, but in a thousand other instances. For many are called - All who hear the Gospel; but few chosen - Only those who obey it. #Mt 19:30|; 22:14.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 20:16


Mt 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last. A special lesson, first, to the Jews. They had been called first by God, but the Gentiles who heard the call should soon enjoy special privileges. They would even be first in the kingdom, because of their greater readiness to receive the gospel. Our duty in the vineyard is to go to work as soon as the Lord calls us, and to do what he tells us.

Discussion for Matthew 20:16

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