Matthew 21:30
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New International Version
"Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go.

New Living Translation
Then the father told the other son, 'You go,' and he said, 'Yes, sir, I will.' But he didn't go.

English Standard Version
And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go.

New American Standard Bible
"The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, 'I will, sir'; but he did not go.

King James Bible
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the man went to the other and said the same thing. "'I will, sir,' he answered. But he didn't go.

International Standard Version
Then the father went to the other son and told him the same thing. He replied, 'I will, sir,' but he didn't go.

NET Bible
The father went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered, 'I will, sir,' but did not go.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Then he came to the other and said to him likewise, but he answered and said, 'I will, my lord', and he did not go.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The father went to the other son and told him the same thing. He replied, 'I will, sir,' but he didn't go.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, I will go, Lord, and went not.

King James 2000 Bible
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

American King James Version
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

American Standard Version
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go , sir: and went not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go, Sir; and he went not.

Darby Bible Translation
And coming to the second he said likewise; and he answering said, *I* [go], sir, and went not.

English Revised Version
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Weymouth New Testament
He came to the second and spoke in the same manner. His answer was, "'I will go, Sir.' "But he did not go.

World English Bible
He came to the second, and said the same thing. He answered, 'I go, sir,' but he didn't go.

Young's Literal Translation
And having come to the second, he said in the same manner, and he answering said, I go, sir, and went not;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:28-32 Parables which give reproof, speak plainly to the offenders, and judge them out of their own mouths. The parable of the two sons sent to work in the vineyard, is to show that those who knew not John's baptism to be of God, were shamed by those who knew it, and owned it. The whole human race are like children whom the Lord has brought up, but they have rebelled against him, only some are more plausible in their disobedience than others. And it often happens, that the daring rebel is brought to repentance and becomes the Lord's servant, while the formalist grows hardened in pride and enmity.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 30. - The second. He typifies the Pharisees, the scrupulous observers of outward form, while neglectful of the weightier matters - judgment, mercy, and faith (Matthew 23:23). I go, sir, Ἐγὼ κύριε: Eo, domine. This son is outwardly respectful and dutiful; his answer is in marked contrast to the rough "I will not" of his brother. He professes zeal for the Law, and ready obedience. And went not. Such men did no real work for God, honouring him with their lips and outward observances, while their heart was far from him, and their morality was unprincipled and impure.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he came to the second,.... The Scribes and Pharisees, by the ministry of John the Baptist, Christ, and his apostles also:

and said likewise; the same things as to the other son, the publicans and sinners; calling them into the Gospel dispensation, to hear the word, embrace truth, attend on ordinances, and labour in promoting the kingdom, and interest of the Messiah, whilst they had the light of the Gospel with them. Urging also the relation they stood in to God, as a part of the Jewish body; to whom, among other external privileges, the adoption belonged:

and he answered and said, I go, sir, and went not: the word "go" is not in the generality of the Greek copies; the phrase is only "I sir", though it is rightly enough supplied as to the sense. Beza says, it was in his most ancient copy; and so it is in the Arabic and Persic versions, and in Munster's Hebrew Gospel; though it is not in the Syriac and Ethiopic versions. So, the Scribes and Pharisees seemed pleased with the ministry of John for a while, and at first were forward to submit to his baptism, and were very inquisitive about the Messiah: yet, when he was declared in John's ministry, and by his own doctrine, and miracles, they refused to give in to the belief of him; they would neither enter into the Gospel kingdom, embrace the doctrines, and obey the commands of it themselves, nor suffer others to enter in; but, as much as in them lay, by their reproaches, menaces, and excommunications, deterred them from it. They, were like some other persons, who promise fair, and talk much of doing good works, but do none; teach the people to do them, but do not perform them themselves, though they would seem to do them; make great pretensions to them, boast of them, and trust in them; and therefore, of all men, ought to be careful to maintain them, and yet do the least.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

30. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir—"I, sir." The emphatic "I," here, denotes the self-righteous complacency which says, "God, I thank thee that I am not as other men" (Lu 18:11).

and went not—He did not "afterward repent" and refuse to go; for there was here no intention to go. It is the class that "say and do not" (Mt 23:3)—a falseness more abominable to God, says Stier, than any "I will not."

Matthew 21:30 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Two Sons
29"And he answered, 'I will not'; but afterward he regretted it and went. 30"The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, 'I will, sir'; but he did not go. 31"Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you.…
Cross References
Matthew 21:29
"'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

Matthew 21:31
"Which of the two did what his father wanted?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.
Treasury of Scripture

And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

I go.

Matthew 23:3 All therefore whatever they bid you observe, that observe and do; …

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Romans 2:17-25 Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God…

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being …

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