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

  • 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!
  • Steve C. on Matthew 11:28
    This verse is a great comfort to me. I do believe the other verses that follow are part of a great statement our Lord made to help us in our hours of needs.
  • Joseph Okyere on Matthew 11:28
    Jesus is Only way we can have and He invited us,promise and assured us of His rest. Infact we must diliver His promise to everyone who have not heard of it. God bless you
  • Paul masawa on Matthew 11:28
    The bible is stating clearly that for we who have heaving laden we should seek for His rest so let me ask this question those who have been seeking rest from witchdoctor socceror do they know that God is the only one whom we are surpose to approach or they still believe on wordly false teaching
  • Mushah Emmanuel on Matthew 11:28
    I so much love this passage. The bible is making us to understand that Jesus is the only solution to our problems and difficulties in life. Just come to Him just as you are, and He will carry the loads for you. He loves you, no matter how dirty you are and is free.
  • Ifesanwo solomon on Matthew 11:28
    The only way you can have rest from sins, struggles and from all forms of sickness of life is to come to Him JESUS CHRIST.
  • Kiplangat ben on Matthew 11:28
    Indeed he is He jesus who is above all and his children,we all seek him for he is above all
  • Moonlight on Matthew 11:28
    The words of Jesus have the power to create something beautifully new. Jesus is the king of peace His love is enough. Come all with whatever sickness with His stripes we are HEALED . Amen..


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