Matthew 23:37
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New International Version
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

New Living Translation
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God's messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me.

English Standard Version
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

Berean Study Bible
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling!

Berean Literal Bible
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those having been sent to her! How often would I have gathered together your children, the way in which a hen gathers together her chicks under the wings, and you were not willing!

New American Standard Bible
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.

King James Bible
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem! She who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, yet you were not willing!

International Standard Version
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones to death those who have been sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling!

NET Bible
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that murdered The Prophets and stoned those who were sent to it! How many times have I desired to gather your children, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you kill the prophets and stone to death those sent to you! How often I wanted to gather your children together the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings! But you were not willing!

New American Standard 1977
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that didst kill the prophets and stone those who are sent unto thee, how often I desired to gather thy children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

King James 2000 Bible
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent unto you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not!

American King James Version
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent to you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not!

American Standard Version
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldest not?

Darby Bible Translation
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [the city] that kills the prophets and stones those that are sent unto her, how often would I have gathered thy children as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

English Revised Version
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Webster's Bible Translation
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them who are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Weymouth New Testament
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! thou who murderest the Prophets and stonest those who have been sent to thee! how often have I desired to gather thy children to me, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not come!

World English Bible
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often I would have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would not!

Young's Literal Translation
'Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that art killing the prophets, and stoning those sent unto thee, how often did I will to gather thy children together, as a hen doth gather her own chickens under the wings, and ye did not will.
Study Bible
Lament over Jerusalem
36Truly I tell you, all these things will come upon this generation. 37O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling! 38Look, your house is left to you desolate.…
Word Study

Of Hebrew origin; Hierusalem, the capitol of Palestine.

Of Hebrew origin; Hierusalem, the capitol of Palestine.

To put to death, kill; fig: I abolish. From apo and kteino; to kill outright; figuratively, to destroy.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

From a compound of pro and phemi; a foreteller; by analogy, an inspired speaker; by extension, a poet.

And, even, also, namely.

To stone, cast stones (at), kill by stoning. From a compound of lithos and ballo; to throw stones, i.e. Lapidate.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

From apo and stello; set apart, i.e. to send out literally or figuratively.

To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

How often
posakis (Adv)
How often, how many times. Multiplicative from posos; how many times.

To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

have gathered together
episynagagein (V-ANA)
To collect, gather together, assemble. From epi and sunago; to collect upon the same place.

You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

children,
tekna (N-ANP)
A child, descendent, inhabitant. From the base of timoria; a child.

From the same as trope; a turn, i.e. mode or style; figuratively, deportment or character.

Who, which, what, that.

A bird, fowl, hen. Probably from a prolonged form of the base of oros; a bird, i.e., a hen.

gathers together
episynagei (V-PIA-3S)
To collect, gather together, assemble. From epi and sunago; to collect upon the same place.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

A nestling, the young of birds. Diminutive of neossos; a birdling.

A primary preposition; under, i.e. of place, or with verbs; of place (underneath) or where (below) or time (when).

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A wing, pinion. From a derivative of petomai; a wing.

And, even, also, namely.

you were not willing!
ēthelēsate (V-AIA-2P)
To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
23:34-39 Our Lord declares the miseries the inhabitants of Jerusalem were about to bring upon themselves, but he does not notice the sufferings he was to undergo. A hen gathering her chickens under her wings, is an apt emblem of the Saviour's tender love to those who trust in him, and his faithful care of them. He calls sinners to take refuge under his tender protection, keeps them safe, and nourishes them to eternal life. The present dispersion and unbelief of the Jews, and their future conversion to Christ, were here foretold. Jerusalem and her children had a large share of guilt, and their punishment has been signal. But ere long, deserved vengeance will fall on every church which is Christian in name only. In the mean time the Saviour stands ready to receive all who come to him. There is nothing between sinners and eternal happiness, but their proud and unbelieving unwillingness.
Cross References
Ruth 2:12
"May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge."

Isaiah 5:4
"What more was there to do for My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce worthless ones?

Jeremiah 32:31
"Indeed this city has been to Me a provocation of My anger and My wrath from the day that they built it, even to this day, so that it should be removed from before My face,

Jeremiah 36:26
And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king's son, Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel to seize Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the LORD hid them.

Hosea 7:13
Woe to them, for they have strayed from Me! Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against Me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me.

Matthew 5:12
Rejoice and celebrate, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.

Matthew 23:31
So you testify against yourselves that you are the sons of those who murdered the prophets.

Luke 13:34
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling.

Luke 13:35
Look, your house is left to you desolate. And I tell you, you will not see Me again until you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

Acts 7:52
Which of the prophets did your fathers fail to persecute? They even killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One. And now you are His betrayers and murderers--
Treasury of Scripture

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent to you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not!

Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. …

Jeremiah 6:8 Be you instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from you; lest …

Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kill the prophets, and stone them that …

Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, …

thou.

Matthew 23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not …

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: …

Matthew 21:35,36 And the farmers took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, …

Matthew 22:6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

2 Chronicles 24:21,22 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the …

Nehemiah 9:26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against you, and …

Jeremiah 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: …

Jeremiah 26:23 And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him to Jehoiakim …

Mark 12:3-6 And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty…

Luke 20:11-14 And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated …

Acts 7:51,52 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

1 Thessalonians 2:15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have …

Revelation 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that …

Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with …

how.

2 Chronicles 36:15,16 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, …

Psalm 81:8-11 Hear, O my people, and I will testify to you: O Israel, if you will …

Jeremiah 6:16,17 Thus said the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the …

Jeremiah 11:7,8 For I earnestly protested to your fathers in the day that I brought …

Jeremiah 25:3-7 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, …

Jeremiah 35:15 I have sent also to you all my servants the prophets, rising up early …

Jeremiah 42:9-13 And said to them, Thus said the LORD, the God of Israel, to whom …

Jeremiah 44:4 However, I sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising early …

Zechariah 1:4 Be you not as your fathers, to whom the former prophets have cried, …

even.

Deuteronomy 32:11,12 As an eagle stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad …

Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of …

Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings,

Psalm 36:7 How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children …

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me: for my soul trusts in …

Psalm 63:7 Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of your wings …

Psalm 91:4 He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you …

and ye.

Matthew 22:3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the …

Proverbs 1:24-31 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, …

Isaiah 50:2 Why, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none …

Hosea 11:2,7 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed to Baalim, …

Luke 14:17-20 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, …

Luke 15:28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father …

Luke 19:14-44 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, …

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