Matthew 11:16

But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like vnto children, sitting in the markets, and calling vnto their fellowes,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other {children,}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the marketplaces, who call unto their fellows
- American Standard Version (1901)

But what comparison may I make of this generation? It is like children seated in the market-places, crying out to one another,
- Basic English Bible

But to whom shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the markets, which, calling to their companions,
- Darby Bible

But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like to children sitting in the markets, and calling to their fellows,
- Webster's Bible

But to what shall I compare the present generation? It is like children sitting in the open places, who call to their playmates.
- Weymouth Bible

But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call to their companions
- World English Bible

But to whom schal Y gesse this generacioun lijk? It is lijk to children sittynge in chepyng, that crien to her peeris,
- Wycliffe Bible

`And to what shall I liken this generation? it is like little children in market-places, sitting and calling to their comrades,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 11:16


11:16 This generation - That is, the men of this age. They are like those froward children of whom their fellows complain, that they will be pleased no way.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 11:16


Mt 11:16 To what shall I liken this generation? Compare Lu 7:31-35. The Jewish nation is meant. The Lord shows that they were as capricious as children. Children sitting in the markets. All ancient towns had an open market place, which was the great place of resort.

Discussion for Matthew 11

  • Irene123
    When one is saved from his sins, he/she has a rest everyday in the Holy Ghost from the 'toil' our former life of sin put us through. The H.G. gives a continual daily rest in Jesus. "This is the rest wherewith ye shall cause the weary to rest", Isa. 28:12, Heb. 4:10-11.
  • Wayne
    Some are thankful for the Sabbath days. A day to rest, worship, not work, as the Jews, who are prospering in the love of The Lord. God's people in the land of God's Holy City. May we all study and understand the blessings of The Sabbath Days.
  • Lilian
    Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for i am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your soul. Thank you Jesus for your words i will trust you and worship you alone for you are my savior and my refuge without you in my life my soul is in darkness You are the light of the world to follow you there is no darkness my soul will be beautiful thank you Jesus for your blood amen
  • Bridgette
    Rest in the Lord, Amen
  • Connie Green
    Accepting Jesus should not be hard. We must honor him and follow his word. Love the people that are around you. Treat them as you wish to be treated. Read God's word daily so that you can see how a true child of God should live. We live in the world but we are not a part of it. Follow the law of the land as much as possible. Do not let the law of the land interfere with how you should serve God. God is good. Pray daily and throughout the day for guidance. Do the best that you can daily. His yoke is easy.
  • Wayne
    Christians, those who are born again, washed in the blood of Jesus, by faith alone, are the temples of the Lord.

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