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Matthew 11:16-30 American Standard Version (ASV)

16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the marketplaces, who call unto their fellows 17 and say, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not [a]mourn. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a demon. 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold, a gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of [b]publicans and sinners! And wisdom [c]is justified by her [d]works.

20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his [e]mighty works were done, because they repented not. 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the [f]mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment, than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, shalt thou be exalted unto heaven? thou shalt [g]go down unto Hades: for if the [h]mighty works had been done in Sodom which were done in thee, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say unto you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

25 At that season Jesus answered and said, I [i]thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou didst hide these things from the wise and understanding, and didst reveal them unto babes: 26 yea, Father, [j]for so it was well-pleasing in thy sight. 27 All things have been delivered unto me of my Father: and no one knoweth the Son, save the Father; neither doth any know the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him. 28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


  1. Matthew 11:17 Greek beat the breast.
  2. Matthew 11:19 See marginal note on 5:46.
  3. Matthew 11:19 Or, was
  4. Matthew 11:19 Many ancient authorities read children: as in Lk. 7:35.
  5. Matthew 11:20 Greek powers.
  6. Matthew 11:21 Greek powers.
  7. Matthew 11:23 Many ancient authorities read be brought down.
  8. Matthew 11:23 Greek powers.
  9. Matthew 11:25 Or, praise
  10. Matthew 11:26 Or, that

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