Matthew 11:28

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 11:28

Come vnto me all yee that labour, and are heauy laden, and I will giue you rest.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Come to me, all you who are troubled and weighted down with care, and I will give you rest.
- Basic English Bible

Come to me, all ye who labour and are burdened, and *I* will give you rest.
- Darby Bible

Come to me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
- Webster's Bible

Come to me, all you toiling and burdened ones, and *I* will give you rest.
- Weymouth Bible

Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
- World English Bible

Alle ye that traueilen, and ben chargid, come to me, and Y schal fulfille you.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Come unto me, all ye labouring and burdened ones, and I will give you rest,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 11:28

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 11:28

11:28 Come to me - Here he shows to whom he is pleased to reveal these things to the weary and heavy laden; ye that labour - After rest in God: and are heavy laden - With the guilt and power of sin: and I will give you rest - I alone (for none else can) will freely give you (what ye cannot purchase) rest from the guilt of sin by justification, and from the power of sin by sanctification.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 11:28

Mt 11:28 Come unto me. This is one of the sweetest passages in the New Testament. It shows the willingness of the Lord. The kings and earth and the great are usually difficult of access, while Jesus is not only willing, but invites us, to come to him. Note how gracious is the invitation! (1) It is the Lord who speaks. (2) He invites to come to him. (3) The invitation is to those who labor and are heavy laden. (4) He promises, to all these weary ones who come, rest. The offer is not that of a man, but of the Divine Savior. Millions in all ages since can bear witness that the promise is sure. That labour and are heavy laden. Feel heavily the burdens of life, of sin and sorrow. Rest. Peace of soul.

Discussion for Matthew 11:28

  • Jack C Gutknecht on Matthew 11:28
    Love the hymn based on Mt 11:28


    Come, come to Jesus, weary, heavy-hearted,

    Come, come to Jesus while you may;

    Now He is waiting, waiting to receive you.

    Hark! He is calling you today.
  • Luigi trombetta on Matthew 11:28
    to chris,(2 months ago) in reply to Matthew 11:28 thank you, one of the most clearer explanations I have heard, especially with the reinforcement of St Pauls which makes it even more clear and so beautifully reinforces the true message of Jesus. For all of you and for those of us who still are looking for the answers: Jesus's message in Matthew 11:28 is the answer.
  • Mishael on Matthew 11:28
    Many huge earthquakes on the Pacific coast of Chile today. One near Antarctica too.
  • Robert on Matthew 11:28
    In response to Jayden

    Reasons why OT matters

    History of God's chosen people

    Apostacy of the Church

    Not to be legalistic

    Forgiveness and generosity taught

    God wants to be involved in our lives

    Different types of prayer

    Teaches us how to worship

    Man's desire to be stiff necked and rebellious

    Prophecy some for the latter days; some of a better covenant

    Fortells the coming of Christ

    Why the Messiah was rejected

    Reasons for the New Testament

    In the Messiah's words

    The Comforter or Holy Ghost explained

    A better covenant (a direct link to God; Jesus as the intersessor, HG as the teacher and guide, the Word written upon mankinds heart)


    Freely given, paid for, open to all who ask and seek


    Notes: the New Testament wasn't written or formulated until 60 years after Christ's death, resurrection and ascension but people claim the Old Testament is irrelevant (i.e. "Nailed to the Cross").

    The Bible was not canonized until 1611.

    Before that some prophecies were still being fulfilled (i.e. destruction of Tyre). Many prophecies still are future. (i.e. restoration of Israel and 2nd Coming).

    We are no longer in the dark ages. The Bible is more available to all than it has ever been. The internet connects the world like never before. False prophets and doctrines occur at a ridiculous pace (i.e. Another prophecy from both Testaments).

    Yet mankind still persists, our way is better than God's.

    Read it for yourself. Use the resources mentioned above. Don't trust anyone's interpretation but the HG's. Devotionals or doctrines that treat the Bible like a bag of trail mix seem wrong (i.e. Isn't that how this started? Hasn't it continued ever since?). From Genesis to Revelations.

    Grace, not legalism. The Lord wants a relationship with all and all to be reborn. His offer of salvation is open to all who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

    May your journey be fruitful, full of joy, and may you be counted worthy of the Creator's kingdom.

    Blessings and Prayers
  • Marlies Stack on Matthew 11:28
    A team of oxen or work horses...according to the laws of Physics...create a force which isn't just doubled but can potentially be increased to threefold, fourfold, and even higher when yoked. Imagine the force and the paths made straight when a believer is yoked to Jesus Christ!!!
  • T. Levis - in Reply on Matthew 11:28
    Interesting & encouraging, thanks
  • Gerald john magowan on Matthew 11:28
    true revelation god created fleash reveals himself in secret and the enormity of the secret intensity of true devotion for all men from beginning to the end of time a secret contract is revealed to the world a life that has no end and is indiffinite is promise
  • James Morgan on Matthew 11:28
    The Bible verse is seemingly questionable. Firstly, the Lord said "Come to me, those who are heavy laden and weary. And I shall give you rest". He went on to say, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light". For someone who is heavy laden and again given a yoke (as mentioned above) I think it is unfathomable. You already have burden and to be given another yoke (will surely) increase burden to become unbearable. Is it His miraculous ways that He is implying here or just juggling with words? Can someone please throw more light on my curiosity?
  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 11:28
    James, that's a good observation, for in a quick reading of those verses, it would appear as a conflicting message from Jesus. However, when we look at what Jesus was referring to when He said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (vv 28,30), He was speaking about what the Jews had placed upon them. All Jews were subject to the Pharisees' & Scribes' teaching & interpretation of the Law. However, in their zeal & desire to keep the people subject to them, they added their own 'extra' requirements to the Law making the burden the people had to bear far too heavy. (Mt 23:4)

    This was particularly evident concerning observance of the Sabbath. The religious leaders opposed Jesus & His disciples for plucking ears of corn to satisfy their hunger (Mt 12:1-8), or when Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath (Mt 12:10-14). The Pharisees imposed their own laws onto that one to condemn Jesus for what He did but He gave them an appropriate reply.

    We all have to pull our yoke through life with its burdens. The Jews had the Law to obey, which was burdensome in itself with all its regulations, obligations & ceremonies, but these leaders wanted to make it more so. When Jesus said that "His yoke was easy & His burden light", He was trying to get them to see that it was, for example, "The sabbath that was made for man, and not man for the sabbath" (Mk 2:27); He wanted them to see the spirit of the Law rather than the letter. His requirements were always for our blessing & comfort & for the Christian (after His resurrection), the apostle Paul wrote about the liberty we have: "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." (Gal 5:1). And this liberty was not for us to do anything we wanted (as some Christians believe), but free to obey the spirit of the law by the strength & indwelling Holy Spirit which is not burdensome.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Matthew 11:28
    A yoke is what a team of burden bearing oxen wear in their harness to pull large heavy loads.

    Jesus is saying to take His strength and to give all of your burdens, sickness, depression, substance abuse: and He will pull the load.

    I'm not going to elaborate. If we choose to carry the burdens ourselves, He just waits till we admit we need His help.

    This is a prayer nobody can pray for you. You have to do it yourself!


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