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

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

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

  • David Niemiec for verse 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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