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.

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