Matthew 11:26
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New International Version
Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

New Living Translation
Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!

English Standard Version
yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.

Berean Study Bible
Yes, Father, for this was well-pleasing in Your sight.

Berean Literal Bible
Yes, Father, for this was well-pleasing before You.

New American Standard Bible
"Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.

King James Bible
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yes, Father, because this was Your good pleasure.

International Standard Version
Yes, Father, because this is what was pleasing to you.

NET Bible
Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will.

New Heart English Bible
Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yes, my Father, for so it was desirable before you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yes, Father, this is what pleased you.

New American Standard 1977
“Yes, Father, for thus it was well-pleasing in Thy sight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even so, Father, for thus it was pleasing in thy sight.

King James 2000 Bible
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in your sight.

American King James Version
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in your sight.

American Standard Version
yea, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in thy sight.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yea, Father; for so hath it seemed good in thy sight.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, Father, for thus has it been well-pleasing in thy sight.

English Revised Version
yea, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in thy sight.

Webster's Bible Translation
Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Weymouth New Testament
Yes, Father, for such has been Thy gracious will.

World English Bible
Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.

Young's Literal Translation
Yes, Father, because so it was good pleasure before Thee.
Study Bible
Rest for the Weary
25At that time Jesus declared, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26Yes, Father, for this was well-pleasing in Your sight. 27All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.…
Cross References
Luke 22:42
"Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done."

Luke 23:34
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up His garments by casting lots.

John 11:41
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.

John 12:27
Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? No, it is for this purpose that I have come to this hour.

John 12:28
Father, glorify Your name!" Then a voice came from heaven: "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."
Treasury of Scripture

Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in your sight.

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Job 33:13 Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, …

Romans 9:18 Therefore has he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardens.

Romans 11:33-36 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

Ephesians 1:9,11 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his …

Ephesians 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according …

(26) For so it seemed good.--Literally, Yea, Father, [I thank Thee] that thus it was Thy good pleasure. The words recall those that had been spoken at our Lord's baptism ("in whom I am well pleased," Matthew 3:17), and the song of the heavenly host on the night of the Nativity ("good will among men," Luke 2:14). The two verses are remarkable as the only record outside St. John's Gospel of a prayer like that which we find in John 17. For the most part, we may believe, those prayers were offered apart on the lonely hill-side, in the darkness of night; or, it may be, the disciples shrank in their reverence, or perhaps in the consciousness of their want of capacity, from attempting to record what was so unspeakably sacred. But it is noteworthy that in this exceptional instance we find, both in the prayer and the teaching that follows it in St. Matthew and St. Luke, turns of thought and phrase almost absolutely identical with what is most characteristic of St. John. It is as though the isolated fragment of a higher teaching had been preserved by them as a witness that there was a region upon which they scarcely dared to enter, but into which men were to be led afterwards by the beloved disciple, to whom the Spirit gave power to recall what had been above the reach of the other reporters of his Master's teaching.

Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. Or, "so is the good will", or "pleasure before thee": thus, "let it be the good will before thee", or "in thy sight, O Lord", is a phrase often to be met with in the Jews' forms of prayer (x). Here the word designs the sovereign counsel and purpose of God, to which, and to which only, our Lord refers the different dispensations of God towards the sons of men: this is a reason which ought to satisfy everyone, and is better than ten thousand others that can be thought of, or devised by men. This difference among men, with respect to the Gospel revelation, cannot be owing to natural sagacity, prudence, and penetration; for these things are with those from whom it is hid; nor to any worthiness in those to whom it is revealed; for they are the poor, the base, the foolish things of this world, and even things that are not; nor to any foresight of their making a better use and improvement of such a revelation, but to the good will and pleasure of God only.

(x) Seder Tephillot, fol. 4. 2. & 5. 1. & passim. Ed. Amsterdam. 26. Even so, Father; for so it seemed good—the emphatic and chosen term for expressing any object of divine complacency; whether Christ Himself (see on [1265]Mt 3:17), or God's gracious eternal arrangements (see on [1266]Php 2:13).

in thy sight—This is just a sublime echo of the foregoing words; as if Jesus, when He uttered them, had paused to reflect on it, and as if the glory of it—not so much in the light of its own reasonableness as of God's absolute will that so it should be—had filled His soul.11:25-30 It becomes children to be grateful. When we come to God as a Father, we must remember that he is Lord of heaven and earth, which obliges us to come to him with reverence as to the sovereign Lord of all; yet with confidence, as one able to defend us from evil, and to supply us with all good. Our blessed Lord added a remarkable declaration, that the Father had delivered into his hands all power, authority, and judgment. We are indebted to Christ for all the revelation we have of God the Father's will and love, ever since Adam sinned. Our Saviour has invited all that labour and are heavy-laden, to come unto him. In some senses all men are so. Worldly men burden themselves with fruitless cares for wealth and honours; the gay and the sensual labour in pursuit of pleasures; the slave of Satan and his own lusts, is the merest drudge on earth. Those who labour to establish their own righteousness also labour in vain. The convinced sinner is heavy-laden with guilt and terror; and the tempted and afflicted believer has labours and burdens. Christ invites all to come to him for rest to their souls. He alone gives this invitation; men come to him, when, feeling their guilt and misery, and believing his love and power to help, they seek him in fervent prayer. Thus it is the duty and interest of weary and heavy-laden sinners, to come to Jesus Christ. This is the gospel call; Whoever will, let him come. All who thus come will receive rest as Christ's gift, and obtain peace and comfort in their hearts. But in coming to him they must take his yoke, and submit to his authority. They must learn of him all things, as to their comfort and obedience. He accepts the willing servant, however imperfect the services. Here we may find rest for our souls, and here only. Nor need we fear his yoke. His commandments are holy, just, and good. It requires self-denial, and exposes to difficulties, but this is abundantly repaid, even in this world, by inward peace and joy. It is a yoke that is lined with love. So powerful are the assistances he gives us, so suitable the encouragements, and so strong the consolations to be found in the way of duty, that we may truly say, it is a yoke of pleasantness. The way of duty is the way of rest. The truths Christ teaches are such as we may venture our souls upon. Such is the Redeemer's mercy; and why should the labouring and burdened sinner seek for rest from any other quarter? Let us come to him daily, for deliverance from wrath and guilt, from sin and Satan, from all our cares, fears, and sorrows. But forced obedience, far from being easy and light, is a heavy burden. In vain do we draw near to Jesus with our lips, while the heart is far from him. Then come to Jesus to find rest for your souls.
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