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

  • Insight777
    V11, John the Baptist was less than Jesus. John was shown how to cleanse sin, he had Holy Spirit but not all the powers of God. He was baptized, forgiven of sin. It is possible that he harbored negative thoughts towards people that refused baptism and true Gospel.Thoughts of frustration and weakness of his own power to help sinners is short of perfection. Jesus is perfect, his kingdom is perfect.
  • A disciple
    "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." Does this suggest that we can be the least in our Christianity? or rather, that the littlest one among those born from above...? For with these things the Lord rebukes those most blessed, but who repented not.
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 11:20 THEN BEGAN HE TO UPBRAID THE CITIES WHEREIN MOST OF HIS MIGHTY WORKS WERE DONE BECAUSE THEY REPENTED NOT***TITUS 2:11 FOR THE GRACE OF GOD THAT BRINGETH SALVATION HATH APPEARED TO ALL MEN 2:12 --- TEACHING US --- THAT DENYING UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY LUSTS WE SHOULD LIVE SOBERLY RIGHTEOUSLY AND GODLY IN THIS --- PRESENT LIFE ---
  • A disciple
    The three Abrahamic Religions idea or slogan, is false! Abraham was called out from Ur of the Chaldees, to sever him from the heathen cult of Nimrod worship/Islam. Israel is for now not right with the Lord their God, denying and persecuting the Name of the only begotten Son of God; so God hides from them. Those who are Believers in Jesus Christ, are walking in the Spirit and the faith of Abraham.
  • Insight777
    There are 3 main religions today that believe in Abraham and the promise of the kingdom of God for their followers. These religions differ in doctrine so they oppose each other. Violent believers in their God of Abraham fight the others trying to take the kingdom of God by force. The door to the kingdom is Jesus, the Son of God. The violent do not believe Jesus is Savior so they are not saved.
  • Lu2677
    You said, "who listens anyway?" Matthew 11:5 "He that has ears to hear, let him hear." You said, "takes too much time, stressful" v.28 "Come unto me, all you that labour (work) and are heavy laden,(weary,tired,overwhelmed,burdened) and I will give you rest. Also, v.29 and 30. If you cannot find inspiration, excitement, hope for the lost, to work for the Lord, "Rest" is in the Sabbath.

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