“When the landowner
Went out again
The sixth hour,
And about three o’clock,
The ninth hour,
He did the same.”
πάλιν δὲ ἐξελθὼν περὶ ἕκτην καὶ ἐνάτην ὥραν ἐποίησεν ὡσαύτως.
Jesus continued with this parable that is unique to Matthew. This landowner needed more workers so that every 3 hours, he went into the marketplace to see if there were any day workers available. Thus, this landowner of the vineyards went out again (πάλιν δὲ ἐξελθὼν) about noon, the sixth hour (περὶ ἕκτην), and about 3:00 PM, the ninth hour (καὶ ἐνάτην ὥραν). He did the same (ἐποίησεν ὡσαύτως) as he had done at the third hour or 9 AM. He asked them to work in the vineyard and he would pay them whatever was right, fair or just, without a specific agreed wage.
“‘I would hurry to find a shelter for myself,
From the raging wind and tempest.’
Confound their speech!
I see violence and strife in the city.
Day and night they go around it
On its walls.
Iniquity and trouble are within it.
Ruin is in its midst.
Oppression and fraud
Do not depart from its marketplace.”
David wanted to find a shelter for himself in the wilderness that would protect him from the raging wind and stormy rain. At the same time, he wanted Yahweh to confuse the speech of those in the city. Like today, he said that there was so much violence and strife in the city. Does that sound like the good old days? Violence in the cities has been around for over 2,500 years. So what is new? There was iniquity and trouble within the city both day and night, around the walls of the city. Ruin was coming to them because of the oppression and fraud of their marketplace. Those old fashioned business men were cheating in the marketplace. Wow! That is strange to hear.