This parable can get us caught up in backing the disgruntled workers. But a deeper message is being conveyed. In our usual experience, workers who only put in an hour would not be paid for the full day. Had this employer done that, he might have avoided “the grumbling” from the other workers who toiled all day in the hot sun. Instead, he paid all workers the full daily wage whether they worked an hour or the full day. The all-day workers are wanting either more pay or have the employer pay the one-hour guys less. They are not too happy with the employer’s generosity. While they were paid a fair wage for their work, they think they deserve more because the one-hour workers are getting the same pay for less work. It’s not a question of fairness. This is a lesson on coveting someone else’s good fortune.
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