NASB — Matthew 11 — KJV

John’s Questions

1 aWhen Jesus had finished Igiving instructions to His twelve disciples, He departed from there bto teach and IIpreach in their cities.

[1] IOr commanding IIOr proclaim aMt 7:28 bMt 9:35; Lk 23:5

2aNow when bJohn, Iwhile imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent [word] by his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You athe IExpected One, or shall we look for someone else?” 4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5 a[the] BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and [the] lame walk, [the] lepers are cleansed and [the] deaf hear, [the] dead are raised up, and [the] bPOOR HAVE THE IGOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. 6 And blessed is he Iwho adoes not IItake offense at Me.”

[2] ILit in prison aMt 11:2-19: Lk 7:18-35; Mt 4:12 bMt 14:3; Mk 6:17; Lk 9:7ff
[3] ILit Coming One aPs 118:26; Mt 11:10; Jn 6:14; 11:27; He 10:37
[5] IOr good news aIs 35:5f; Mt 8:3; 12:13 bIs 61:1; Lk 4:18
[6] ILit whoever IIOr stumble over Me aMt 5:29; 13:57; 24:10; 26:31; Mk 6:3; Jn 6:61; 16:1

Jesus’ Tribute to John

7 ¶ As these men were going [away], Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into athe wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 IBut what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft [clothing]? Those who wear soft [clothing] are in kings’ IIpalaces! 9 IBut what did you go out to see? aA prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it Iis written,
  aBEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER IIAHEAD OF YOU,
  WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.’
11 Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen [anyone] greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is Ileast in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 aFrom the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven Isuffers violence, and violent men IItake it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept [it], John himself is aElijah who Iwas to come. 15 aHe who has ears to hear, Ilet him hear.

[7] aMt 3:1
[8] IOr Well then, IILit houses
[9] IOr Well then, aMt 14:5; 21:26; Lk 1:76; 20:6
[10] ILit has been written IILit before your face aMal 3:1; Mk 1:2
[11] IOr less
[12] IOr is forcibly entered IIOr seize it for themselves aLk 16:16
[14] IOr is going to come aMal 4:5; Mt 17:10-13; Mk 9:11-13; Lk 1:17; Jn 1:21
[15] IOr hear! Or listen! aMt 13:9, 43; Mk 4:9, 23; Lk 8:8; 14:35; Rv 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9

16“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other [children], 17 and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not Imourn.’ 18 For John came neither aeating nor bdrinking, and they say, ‘cHe has a demon!’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a Idrunkard, aa friend of tax collectors and IIsinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

[17] ILit beat the breast
[18] aMt 3:4 bLk 1:15 cMt 9:34; Jn 7:20; 8:48f, 52; 10:20
[19] IOr wine-drinker III.e. irreligious Jews aMt 9:11; Lk 5:29-32; 15:2

The Unrepenting Cities

20 ¶ Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His Iamiracles were done, because they did not repent. 21 aWoe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, bBethsaida! For if the Imiracles had occurred in cTyre and cSidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in IIdsackcloth and ashes. 22 Nevertheless I say to you, ait will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in b[the] day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, aCapernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will bdescend to cHades; for if the Imiracles had occurred in dSodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. 24 Nevertheless I say to you that ait will be more tolerable for the land of bSodom in [the] day of judgment, than for you.”

[20] IOr works of power aLk 10:13-15
[21] IOr works of power III.e. symbols of mourning aMt 11:21-23: Lk 10:13-15 bMk 6:45; 8:22; Lk 9:10; Jn 1:44; 12:21 cMt 11:22; 15:21; Mk 3:8; 7:24, 31; Lk 4:26; 6:17; Ac 12:20; 27:3 dRv 11:3
[22] aMt 10:15; 11:24 bMt 10:15; 12:36; Rv 20:11, 12
[23] IOr works of power aMt 4:13 bIs 14:13, 15; Ezk 26:20; 31:14; 32:18, 24 cMt 16:18; Lk 10:15; 16:23; Ac 2:27, 31; Rv 1:18; 6:8; 20:13f dMt 10:15
[24] aMt 10:15; 11:22 bMt 10:15

Come to Me

25aAt that Itime Jesus said, “I praise You, bFather, Lord of heaven and earth, that cYou have hidden these things from [the] wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. 26 Yes, aFather, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. 27 aAll things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father bexcept the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal [Him].

[25] IOr occasion aMt 11:25-27: Lk 10:21, 22 bLk 22:42; 23:34; Jn 11:41; 12:27, 28 cPs 8:2; 1Co 1:26ff
[26] aLk 22:42; 23:34; Jn 11:41; 12:27, 28
[27] aMt 28:18; Jn 3:35; 13:3; 17:2 bJn 7:29; 10:15; 17:25

28aCome to Me, all Iwho are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and alearn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and bYOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 For aMy yoke is Ieasy and My burden is light.”

[28] IOr who work to exhaustion aJr 31:25; Jn 7:37
[29] aJn 13:15; Ep 4:20; Php 2:5; 1P 2:21; 1 Jn 2:6 bJr 6:16
[30] IOr comfortable, or pleasant a1 Jn 5:3


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1 ¶ And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

[1] Is 61:1; Mt 4:23; 9:35; 28:20; Mk 1:38; Lk 4:15; 8:1; Jn 15:10, 14; Ac 1:2; 10:38, 42; 1Th 4:2; 2Th 3:6, 10; 1Ti 6:14.

John sendeth his disciples to Christ.

2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is [he], whosoever shall not be offended in me.

[2] Mt 4:12; 9:14; 14:3; Mk 6:17; Lk 3:19; 7:18; Jn 3:24, 25; 4:1; Ac 19:1.
[3] Gn 3:15; 12:3; 49:10; Nu 24:17; Dt 18:15; Ps 2:6; 110:1; Is 7:14; 9:6; Jr 23:5; Ezk 34:23; Dn 9:24; Ho 3:5; Jol 2:28; Am 9:11; Ob 1:21; Mi 5:2; Zp 3:14; Hg 2:7; Zc 9:9; Mal 3:1; 4:2; Mt 2:2; 21:5, 9; Mk 11:9; Lk 19:38; Jn 4:21; 7:31, 41; 12:13; 16:14; He 10:37.
[5] 2K 5:7, 14; Ps 22:26; 72:12; 146:8; Is 29:18; 35:4; 42:6; 43:8; 61:1; 66:2; Zc 11:7; Mt 5:3; 8:1; 9:24, 30; 10:8; 15:30; 21:14; Mk 7:37; 9:25; Lk 4:18; 7:14, 21, 22; Jn 2:23; 3:2; 5:36; 10:25, 38; 11:43; 14:11; Ac 2:22; 3:2; 4:9; 14:8; Jm 2:5.
[6] Ps 1:1; 32:1; 119:1; Is 8:14; Mt 5:3; 13:55; 15:12; 18:7; 24:10; 26:31; Lk 2:34; 4:23; 11:27; Jn 6:60, 66; 7:41; Ro 9:32; 1Co 1:22; 2:14; Ga 5:11; 1P 2:8.

Christ's testimony concerning John.

7 ¶ And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft [clothing] are in kings' houses. 9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is [he], of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if ye will receive [it], this is Elias, which was for to come. 15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

[7] Gn 49:4; Mt 3:1, 5; 21:25; Mk 1:3; Lk 3:3; 7:24; 8:18; Jn 1:38; 5:35; 2Co 1:17; Ep 4:14; Jm 1:6.
[8] 2K 1:8; Is 20:2; Zc 13:4; Mt 3:4; 1Co 4:11; 2Co 11:27; Rv 11:3.
[9] Mt 11:13; 14:5; 17:12; 21:24; Mk 9:11; Lk 1:15, 76.
[10] Is 40:3; Mal 3:1; 4:5; Mt 3:3; Mk 1:2; Lk 7:26; Jn 1:23.
[11] 1S 2:30; Jb 14:1, 4; 15:14; 25:4; Ps 51:5; Is 30:26; Zc 12:8; Mt 3:11; 5:19; Lk 1:15; 7:28; 9:48; Jn 1:15, 27; 3:30; 5:35; 7:39; 10:41; Ro 16:25; 1Co 6:4; 15:9; Ep 2:3; 3:8; Col 1:26; 2Ti 1:10; He 11:40; 1P 1:10.
[12] Mt 21:23; Lk 7:29; 13:24; 16:16; Jn 6:27; Ep 6:11; Php 2:12.
[13] Mal 4:6; Mt 5:17; Lk 24:27, 44; Jn 5:46; Ac 3:22; 13:27; Ro 3:21.
[14] Ezk 2:5; 3:10; Mal 4:5; Mt 17:10; Mk 9:11; Lk 1:17; Jn 1:21; 16:12; 1Co 3:2; Rv 20:4.
[15] Mt 13:9, 43; Mk 4:9, 23; 7:16; Lk 8:8; Rv 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.

The opinion of the people, both concerning John and Christ.

16But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

[16] Lm 2:13; Mt 12:34; 23:36; 24:34; Mk 4:30; Lk 7:31; 13:18.
[17] 1K 1:40; Is 28:9; 30:29; Jr 9:17; 31:4; Mt 9:15, 23; Lk 15:25; 1Co 9:19.
[18] 2K 9:11; Jr 15:17; 16:8; 29:26; Ho 9:7; Mt 3:4; 10:25; Lk 1:15; Jn 7:20; 8:48; 10:20; Ac 26:24; 1Co 9:27.
[19] Ps 92:5; Pv 17:24; Mt 9:10; Lk 5:29; 7:29, 34, 35, 36; 14:1; 15:1; 19:7; Jn 2:2; 12:2; Ro 15:2; 1Co 1:24; Ep 3:8; Rv 5:11; 7:12.

Christ upbraideth the unthankfulness and unrepentance of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum:

20 ¶ Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

[20] Ps 81:11; Is 1:2; Jr 8:6; Mi 6:1; Mt 12:41; 21:28; Mk 9:19; 16:14; Lk 10:13; Ac 17:20; 2Ti 2:25; Jm 1:5; Rv 2:21; 9:20; 16:9, 11.
[21] Jb 42:6; Jr 13:27; Ezk 3:6; Mt 12:41; 18:7; 23:13; 26:24; Mk 6:45; 8:22; Lk 9:10; 11:42; Jn 1:44; 3:5; 12:21; Ac 13:44; 28:25; Jde 1:11.
[22] Is 23:1; Jr 25:22; 27:3; Ezk 26:1; 29:18; Am 1:9; Zc 9:2; Mt 10:15; 11:24; 12:36; Lk 10:14; 12:47; He 2:3; 6:4; 10:26; 2P 2:9; 3:7; 1Jn 4:17.
[23] Gn 13:13; 19:24; Is 14:13; Lm 2:1; Ezk 16:48; 28:12; 31:16; Ob 1:4; Mt 4:13; 8:5; 17:24; Lk 4:23; 14:11; Jn 4:46; 2P 2:4; Jde 1:7; Rv 11:8.
[24] Lm 4:6; Mt 10:15; 11:22; Mk 6:11; Lk 10:12.

and praising his Father's wisdom in revealing the Gospel to the simple,

25 ¶ At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him].

[25] Gn 14:19, 22; Dt 10:14; 1S 2:18; 3:4; 2K 19:15; 1Ch 29:13; Ps 8:2; Is 5:21; 29:10, 18; 66:1; Jr 1:5; Dn 2:23; 4:35; Mt 13:11; 16:17; 18:3; 21:16; Mk 4:10; 10:14; Lk 10:21; Jn 7:48; 9:39; 11:41; 12:38; Ac 17:24; Ro 11:8; 1Co 1:18, 27; 2:6; 3:18; 2Co 3:14; 4:3; 2Th 2:13.
[26] Jb 33:13; Is 46:10; Lk 10:21; Ro 9:18; 11:33; Ep 1:9, 11; 3:11; 2Ti 1:9.
[27] Mt 28:18; Lk 10:22; Jn 1:18; 3:35; 5:21; 6:46; 10:15; 13:3; 14:6; 17:2, 6, 25; 1Co 15:25; Ep 1:20; Php 2:10; He 2:8; 1P 3:22; 1Jn 2:23; 5:19; 2Jn 1:9.

he calleth to him all such as feel the burden of their sins.

28Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

[28] Gn 3:17; Jb 5:7; 14:1; Ps 32:4; 38:4; 90:7; 94:13; 116:7; Ec 1:8, 14; 2:22; 4:8; Is 1:4; 11:10; 28:12; 45:22; 48:17; 53:2; 55:1; 61:3; 66:2; Jr 6:16; Mi 6:6; Mt 11:29; 23:4; Jn 6:37; 7:37; Ac 15:10; Ro 7:22; Ga 5:1; 2Th 1:7; He 4:1; Rv 22:17.
[29] Nu 12:3; Ps 131:1; Is 42:1; Jr 6:16; Zc 9:9; Mt 7:24; 11:27, 28; 12:19; 17:5; 21:5; 28:20; Lk 6:46; 8:35; 9:51; 10:39; Jn 13:15, 17; 14:21; 15:10; Ac 3:22; 7:37; 1Co 9:21; 2Co 10:1, 5; Ep 4:20; Php 2:5, 7; 1Th 4:2; 2Th 1:8; He 4:3; 5:9; 1P 2:21; 1Jn 2:6.
[30] Pv 3:17; Mi 6:8; Jn 16:33; Ac 15:10, 28; 2Co 1:4; 4:17; 12:9; Ga 5:1, 18; Php 4:13; 1Jn 5:3.


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