Matthew 11:29
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New International Version
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

New Living Translation
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

English Standard Version
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

New American Standard Bible
"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.

International Standard Version
Place my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest for your souls,

NET Bible
Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am peaceful and meek in my heart and you will find rest for your souls.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. Then you will find rest for yourselves

Jubilee Bible 2000
Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

King James 2000 Bible
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.

American King James Version
Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.

Darby Bible Translation
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls;

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me: for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls.

Weymouth New Testament
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

World English Bible
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.

Young's Literal Translation
take up my yoke upon you, and learn from me, because I am meek and humble in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - Vers. 29, 30 have so much in common with both the language and the thought of Ecclus. 51:26, 27, that probably this passage was in our Lord's mind. It is noteworthy that most of the other signs of acquaintance with Ecclesiasticus are found in the Epistle of St. James (cf. Edersheim, in the 'Speaker's Commentary' on Ecclesiasticus, p. 22). Take my yoke upon you. For there is work to be done, therefore enter on it. The yoke is the service that Christ gives us to do, and therefore implies more than his teaching. This, however, is so important a part of his service, both in itself and as being the means of knowing what he wishes done, that Christ speaks of it as though almost identical with his yoke. (On the figure of the yoke, compare a note by Professor Ryle and Mr. James, in 'Psalms of Solomon,' 7:8, suggesting that our Lord was contrasting his yoke with the yoke of minute legal observance laid upon the people by the scribes and Pharisees. For a detailed description of the yoke and plough used now in Palestine, see an article by Dr. Post in the Quarterly Statement of the Palestine Exploration for 1891, p. 112.) And learn of me. The figure of the oxen passes into that of the scholars. The "of" is slightly ambiguous, and may refer to Christ as the Example from which they may draw the lesson for themselves (Matthew 24:32), or as the Teacher who will himself instruct them (Colossians 1:7). The second meaning is more suitable here. (For the thought, comp. John 8:31.) For. The reason why they should learn from him and no other teacher. He alone was what he claimed to teach, therefore he alone could teach it properly, and therefore from him alone could they learn that type of character which they ought to develop. I am. Observe the claim. It is almost greater than that of ver. 27. Meek. Primarily, as regards God (Matthew 5:5, note). Receiving in my degree whatever yoke my Father puts on me. And lowly in heart. As regards men. Observe that meek and lowly correspond, though the order is reversed, to "He humbled himself and became obedient" (Philippians 2:8, where ἐταπείνωσεν ἑαυτόν does not refer to the Incarnation (ἐκένωσεν ἑαυτόν), but to his relation to others in this world). In heart (Matthew 5:8, note). "Lowly in heart" very nearly corresponds to "he that is of a lowly spirit." Such a person as Christ's experience shows (Philippians 2:9) "shall obtain honour" (Proverbs 29:23). And ye shall find rest unto your souls. In this learning and service. The words are taken from Jeremiah 6:16 (not the LXX.; cf. also Ecclus. 6:28), where they form the promise given to those that ask for the old paths and walk in the good way of the Divine commandments. But these roads were now more clearly made known in Christ. Observe the full force of the two expressions, I will give you rest (ver. 28), and Ye shall find rest. The tired comers are at once refreshed by Christ; these accept his service and teaching, and in performing it find further rest. The first rest may be termed the peace of justification; the second, that of sanctification. Both are obtained through Christ alone, yet they are not to be confused, much less identified, with one another.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Take my yoke upon you,.... The phrase is Rabbinical. The Jewish doctors often speak (a) of , "the yoke of the kingdom of heaven", and of persons taking it upon them; and which they exhort to, and express in much such language as here (b); , "take upon you the yoke of the holy kingdom", every day. They distinguish this from the yoke of the law, and say (c).

"a man must first take upon him the yoke of the kingdom of heaven, and after that take upon him the "yoke" of the commandment.''

Their sense I take to be this, that a man must first make a profession of his faith in the God of Israel, and then live conformably to his law: agreeably to this, Christ exhorts such persons who come to him for rest and happiness, to profess their faith in him, to embrace the doctrines of the Gospel, to submit to his ordinances, and to walk according to those laws, commands, and orders, which he, as king of saints, has made, and requires obedience to: so those who come to him for life, and believe in him, as the Saviour of their souls, though they are not to trust in, and depend upon any duties performed by them; yet they are not to sit still, or lay aside the performance of good works, or live a licentious course of life, but are always to be doing the will and work of their Lord. And this he calls "his yoke", in distinction from the yoke of the law of Moses, and of the traditions of the elders.

And learn of me, for I am meek, and lowly in heart: respect seems to be had to Zechariah 9:9 where such characters as these are given of the Messiah. The meekness, humility, and lowliness of Christ appear in his assumption of human nature; in his subjection to his Father; in the whole of his deportment and conversation among men; in his submission to the ordinance of baptism; in the whole course of his obedience to God, and in his sufferings and death: and he is to be imitated herein, by all his followers, who may learn many excellent things from his example, as well as from his doctrine; and particularly, that whereas, though he was so great a person, yet condescended to perform every duty with readiness and cheerfulness, his disciples should not think it below them to conform to every ordinance of his, to every branch of his will; for he has set them an example, that they should tread in his steps, and walk even as he has walked. There never was such an instance of humility, and lowliness of mind, as Christ; nor is there any example so worthy of our imitation as his. The Jews have a saying (d),

"for ever let a man , "be meek as Hillell", and let him not be wrathful as "Shammai":''

which two men were presidents of their universities about the times of Christ. But our Lord says, "learn of me", not of "Hillell", or any of your doctors,

and ye shall find rest unto your souls; referring to Jeremiah 6:16 and which shows the rest he speaks of in the preceding verse, to be not a corporal, but a spiritual one; and which is to be enjoyed "in", though not "for" the observance of Christ's commands; whose "ways are ways of pleasantness, and all" whose "paths are peace".

(a) T. Hieros. Beracot, fol. 4. 1. Bab. Beracot, fol. 61. 2. Zohar in Lev. fol. 46. 4. Caphtor, fol. 44. 2. Tzeror Hammor, fol. 2. 2. (b) Zohar in Num. fol. 51. 2. Caphtor, fol. 48. 2.((c) Misn. Beracot, c. 2. sect. 2. T. Hieros. Beracot, fol. 4. 2.((d) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 30. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. Take my yoke upon you—the yoke of subjection to Jesus.

and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls—As Christ's willingness to empty Himself to the uttermost of His Father's requirements was the spring of ineffable repose to His own Spirit, so in the same track does He invite all to follow Him, with the assurance of the same experience.

Matthew 11:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Rest for the Weary
28"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30"For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Cross References
Numbers 12:3
(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)

Psalm 116:7
Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.

Proverbs 3:17
Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.

Isaiah 28:12
to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest"; and, "This is the place of repose"-- but they would not listen.

Isaiah 29:19
Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

Jeremiah 6:16
This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'

John 13:15
I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

2 Corinthians 10:1
By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you--I, Paul, who am "timid" when face to face with you, but "bold" toward you when away!

Ephesians 4:20
That, however, is not the way of life you learned

Philippians 2:5
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

1 Peter 2:21
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

1 John 2:6
Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
Treasury of Scripture

Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.

my.

Matthew 7:24 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will …

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

John 13:17 If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

John 14:21-24 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves …

John 15:10-14 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as …

1 Corinthians 9:21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God…

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself …

1 Thessalonians 4:2 For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation …

and learn.

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the …

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

Luke 6:46-48 And why call you me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say…

Luke 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found …

Luke 10:39-42 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, …

John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

Acts 3:22,23 For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your …

Acts 7:37 This is that Moses, which said to the children of Israel, A prophet …

Ephesians 4:20,21 But you have not so learned Christ…

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

1 John 2:6 He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

for.

Matthew 12:19,20 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice …

Matthew 21:5 Tell you the daughter of Sion, Behold, your King comes to you, meek, …

Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were on …

Psalm 131:1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise …

Isaiah 42:1-4 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

Luke 9:51-56 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received …

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

Philippians 2:7,8 But made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a …

1 Peter 2:21-23 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for …

and ye.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus said the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the …

Hebrews 4:3-11 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have …

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