Matthew 13:28
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New International Version
"'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'

New Living Translation
"'An enemy has done this!' the farmer exclaimed. "'Should we pull out the weeds?' they asked.

English Standard Version
He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’

New American Standard Bible
"And he said to them, 'An enemy has done this!' The slaves said to him, 'Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?'

King James Bible
He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"An enemy did this!' he told them. "'So, do you want us to go and gather them up?' the slaves asked him.

International Standard Version
"He told them, 'An enemy did this!' "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them out?'

NET Bible
He said, 'An enemy has done this.' So the slaves replied, 'Do you want us to go and gather them?'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he said to them, 'An enemy has done this'; his servants said to him, 'Do you want us to go select them out?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"He told them, 'An enemy did this.' "His workers asked him, 'Do you want us to pull out the weeds?'

Jubilee Bible 2000
He said unto them, The enemy, a man, has done this. The slaves said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

King James 2000 Bible
He said unto them, An enemy has done this. The servants said unto him, Will you then that we go and gather them up?

American King James Version
He said to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, Will you then that we go and gather them up?

American Standard Version
And he said unto them, An enemy hath done this. And the servants say unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to them: An enemy hath done this. And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, A man [that is] an enemy has done this. And the bondmen said to him, Wilt thou then that we should go and gather it [up]?

English Revised Version
And he said unto them, An enemy hath done this. And the servants say unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

Webster's Bible Translation
He said to them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said to him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them?

Weymouth New Testament
"'Some enemy has done this,' he said. "'Shall we go, and collect it?' the men inquire.

World English Bible
"He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and gather them up?'

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith to them, A man, an enemy, did this; and the servants said to him, Wilt thou, then, that having gone away we may gather it up?
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:24-30, 36-43 This parable represents the present and future state of the gospel church; Christ's care of it, the devil's enmity against it, the mixture there is in it of good and bad in this world, and the separation between them in the other world. So prone is fallen man to sin, that if the enemy sow the tares, he may go his way, they will spring up, and do hurt; whereas, when good seed is sown, it must be tended, watered, and fenced. The servants complained to their master; Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? No doubt he did; whatever is amiss in the church, we are sure it is not from Christ. Though gross transgressors, and such as openly oppose the gospel, ought to be separated from the society of the faithful, yet no human skill can make an exact separation. Those who oppose must not be cut off, but instructed, and that with meekness. And though good and bad are together in this world, yet at the great day they shall be parted; then the righteous and the wicked shall be plainly known; here sometimes it is hard to distinguish between them. Let us, knowing the terrors of the Lord, not do iniquity. At death, believers shall shine forth to themselves; at the great day they shall shine forth before all the world. They shall shine by reflection, with light borrowed from the Fountain of light. Their sanctification will be made perfect, and their justification published. May we be found of that happy number.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. An enemy (ἔχθρος ἄνθρωπος). Not "my enemy," referring to some one person, for in real life a man can seldom be at once sure, without inquiry, who it is that has injured him secretly. There are so many coincidences in this verse and ver. 39 (ἔχθρος ἄνθρωπος τοῦτο ἐποίησεν, [Ἁμάν] πονηρὸς [οῦτος], ὁ διάβολος) with the LXX. of Esther 7:4-6, that it would almost seem as though the evangelist remembered that passage. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? Omit up (συλλέξωμεν); the servants, in their zeal to separate the tares from the wheat, forget the difficulty connected with pulling them up.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He said unto them, an enemy has done this,.... This is the answer of the householder to the question of his servants. In the Greek text it is, "an enemy man"; and is so rendered in the several versions; meaning, not that the enemy was a man; for he was the devil, as in Matthew 13:39 but it is an Hebraism; such as in Esther 7:6, , "the man adversary and enemy" is this wicked Haman; and signifies a certain enemy, and one indeed that is an implacable enemy to man.

The servants said unto him, wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? which words express the concern of the ministers of Christ for the true members of the church, comparable to wheat, lest they should receive any damage by the ill examples, and pernicious principles of evil men among them; also their detestation and abhorrence of men of wicked lives and erroneous principles; they cannot bear them which are evil; likewise, they show great regard to the glory of God, and interest of religion, and their readiness to execute any orders Christ should give them; but not willing to proceed of themselves, ask counsel and advice of him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. He said unto them, An enemy hath done this—Kind words these from a good Husbandman, honorably clearing His faithful servants of the wrong done to his field.

The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?—Compare with this the question of James and John (Lu 9:54), "Lord, wilt Thou that we command fire to come down from heaven and consume" those Samaritans? In this kind of zeal there is usually a large mixture of carnal heat. (See Jas 1:20).

Matthew 13:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Weeds
27"The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' 28"And he said to them, 'An enemy has done this!' The slaves said to him, 'Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?' 29"But he said, 'No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:27
"The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?'

Matthew 13:29
"'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.
Treasury of Scripture

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