Matthew 11:17

And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 11:17

And saying, we haue piped vnto you, and ye haue not danced: wee haue mourned vnto you, and ye haue not lamented.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and say, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not mourn.
- American Standard Version (1901)

We made music for you and you did not take part in the dance; we gave cries of sorrow and you made no signs of grief.
- Basic English Bible

say, We have piped to you, and ye have not danced: we have mourned to you, and ye have not wailed.
- Darby Bible

And saying, We have piped to you, and ye have not danced; We have mourned to you, and ye have not lamented.
- Webster's Bible

`We have played the flute to you,' they say, `and you have not danced: we have sung dirges, and you have not beaten your breasts.'
- Weymouth Bible

and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you didn't dance. We mourned for you, and you didn't lament.'
- World English Bible

and seien, We han songun to you, and ye han not daunsid; we han morned to you, and ye han not weilid.
- Wycliffe Bible

and saying, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance, we lamented to you, and ye did not smite the breast.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 11:17

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 11:17


11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear - A kind of proverbial expression; requiring the deepest attention to what is spoken.

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.

11:18 John came neither eating nor drinking - In a rigorous austere way, like Elijah. And they say, He hath a devil - Is melancholy, from the influence of an evil spirit.

11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking - Conversing in a free, familiar way. Wisdom is justified by her children - That is, my wisdom herein is acknowledged by those who are truly wise.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 11:17


Mt 11:17 We have piped unto you . . . we have mourned unto you. One set of children is represented as having invited another set to play, first in a mock wedding, then in a mock funeral, but the dissatisfied children were pleased with neither, and would neither dance nor lament.

Discussion for Matthew 11:17

  • Keerthi on Matthew 11:17
    Explain clearly Mathew 11-17 verse we have piped unto u and u have not danced
  • Nathan Unger - in Reply on Matthew 11:17
    The first verse that comes to mind in light of interpreting Scripture with Scripture is Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

    To me taken in context this verse was, is, and will be highly condemnatory on the day of Judgement; the Great White Throne Judgement that is.

    It speaks to the fickle nature of man an God's willingness to go to every length possible both imaginable and unfathomable to offer His great mercy and forgiveness, all without violating His Holiness and character.

    just my 2 cents =)

    A great question by the way!
  • Joe - in Reply on Matthew 11:17
    I believe these verses are a parable aimed at the many un-believers, likely the Pharisees & Sadducees, - aka " ... this generation" who were acting like children who sometimes get huffy and say something like "I'm not going to play with you anymore".

    The worst part is, many of these Pharisees & Sadducees never did believe - unlike children who usually change their attitude and soon return to their playmates.
  • Nathan Unger - in Reply on Matthew 11:17
    Thank you!!!! This....!!!! Amen brother =)
  • David Niemiec on Matthew 11:17
    I felt very sad when I came to Gods understanding and knowledge of this scripture that helped me understand just how long suffering Gods love is.. and how some sadly seem to want to only hurt something so great, remebering that God is love, and love endures all things, hope that never ends.


 

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