When the landowner goes back to market later in the morning, he cuts a different deal with the second shift. He will pay them whatever is right, he says, and they go with him, either because he seems like a trustworthy person or because anything he ends up paying them is better than the nothing they will earn by standing there.
—Barbara Brown Taylor, “Divine Provision,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.” So they went.
—Matthew 20:3-4 (NRSV)
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