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Matthew 11:16-19 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

An Unresponsive Generation

16 “To what should I compare this generation? It’s like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to each other:

17 We played the flute for you,
but you didn’t dance;
we sang a lament,
but you didn’t mourn![a]

18 For John did not come eating or drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated[b] by her deeds.”[c]

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 11:17 Or beat your breasts
  2. Matthew 11:19 Or declared right
  3. Matthew 11:19 Other mss read children

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