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“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”
King James Version (KJV)
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many bee called, but fewe chosen.
- King James Version (1611) - Compare to scan of original Matthew chapter 20
"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 shall the last be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.
- Douay Rheims 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
Atim Eyere's comment on 2015-09-03 04:47:41:
An excellent tool for evangelism or simple witnessing the gospel truth to win souls from hell to God's Kingdom.it's also great to strengthen all believer, to continue in the faith unto eternal life. Thank you so very much for all your effort to facilitate the harvest of Christ. Bless you all
Pat's comment on 2015-08-05 10:57:26:
We have to first realize that Jesus start off this parable referring to what the kingdom of heaven is like, not the kingdom of God. So he's referring to the physical kingdom here on earth that was rejected and will come at the end of the world. So referring to the comment The last shall be first and the first shall be last, has something to do with the works on the law that's involved possibly. I was thinking it has something to do with the little children as he has been referring to. Remember, the economy of entering the kingdom of heaven is drastically different than our spiritual born-again gospel message of the kingdom of God.
james's comment on 2015-03-28 08:41:59:
It is obvious to see how the kJV continues to be mocked by others so to corrupt the minds of Christians, by using miss spelled words so as to make the kJV seem false to allow their versions of the bible to seem right! It is an abomination to God, to add or take away from his word. Now as for the scripture in Mathew 20:16 You better get ready for he is coming soon.
MockingBird's comment on 2015-03-28 07:49:51:
I think that God is saying that the last Adam : Which is Jesus Christ will be first and that the first Adam which is Adam will be last : he fell in the garden where Jesus Christ did the whole will of God : And now He is first : Many are called : I believe God calls every one of His children to follow Him all the way : to give their all to Him : Does not mean that they are doomed for hell because they do not follow all the way : their reward will be less in heaven : Few are chosen : to my understanding there are only a select few that will go all the way that God has mapped out for tem. The way is less trodden : narrow to follow the Lord : The way is wide and many there be that go in there at. I want so much to be one of the chosen : I want to be as close to my Lord as I can get.
Claudeo 's comment on 2014-02-12 10:49:23:
Many are called but few are chosen and be not so inclined to think also that because your pockets are empty that that s what make you poor So to think that because you are poor makes you last consider what the bible states in Matthew 5 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven In Matthew 18 1 6 Jesus reminded His disciples in verse 3 and said Verily I say unto you except ye be converted and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven
Barley Bride's comment on 2013-12-10 16:30:28:
This verse means that in the end, our heart attitude is more important than length of service. It shows that God will distribute his Kingdom rewards as he deems fit. I believe the last first; first last principle is in reference to our humility and willingness to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit regardless of when we get started. Those workers who'd toiled in the scorching heat all day were offended when they received the same pay as the workers who'd only worked one hour. They grumbled against God. NOT COOL. I believe his is prophetic and means that those who are "least" in the Kingdom (the faithful unknowns), will be raptured first, pre-tribulation, and crowned as the Bride, and those who believed they were "greatest" in the Kingdom will go through 3.5 years of Hot Summer Sun aka the Tribulation. If they remain faithful overcomers and keep God's word, they will be raptured Mid-trib. Rev. 12:5, Rev. 2:26:27.
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Joseph Flake's comment on 2013-10-07 02:06:58:
I believe this verse tells us that that Jesus is Lord, and no matter what situation we are in, He is with us.
Ndukwe Vincent Eze's comment on 2010-12-18 21:03:52:
in this contest signifies those christains who for their long time stay in faith have allowed familiarity to the things pertaining to God to deprive them of spiritual sensitivity.While the last signifies new converts with great zeal for God.
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