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Question about Matthew 20:1-16 - ograabe - 09-17-2008

September 17, 2008

Question about Matthew 20:1-16

My question about this parable is whether there are those workers who were called to the vineyard, did not want to work, and did not go. An important point in this regard is the meaning of the beginning of verse 5: [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]Bwt[/font] again [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]Qpnw[/font] and he went out [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]wlz0[/font] departed [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]Nyd[/font] and [font=Estrangelo (V1.1)]Jwnh[/font] they.

Paul Younan has ???And they departed and he (the Vineyard Owner) went out again?????? and Dave Bauscher has ???But those departed and he went out again???.??? This implies that those men who were invited to work actually refused and ???departed???.

The Greek texts have oi de apajlqon , ???and they left??? or ???and they went off???, but the Alexandrian Minority text has this phrase at the beginning of verse 5 (like the Peshitta) while the Textus Receptus puts it at the end of verse 4.

Hence the NKJV has this phrase the end of verse 4 ???So they went.??? Likewise, Lamsa put it at the end of verse 4 as ???And they went.??? This implies that those invited to work went to the vineyard to work.

The last part of verse 16 (which is missing from the Alexandrian Minority Greek text used for most modern English translations) says ???for many are called but few are chosen.??? This seems out of place unless there were many who were called to work but did not go.

Comments please???