Matthew 21:29
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English Standard Version
And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went.

King James Bible
He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

American Standard Version
And he answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented himself, and went.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went.

English Revised Version
And he answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented himself, and went.

Webster's Bible Translation
He answered and said, I will not; but afterward he repented, and went.

Weymouth New Testament
"'I will not,' he replied. "But afterwards he was sorry, and went.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Repented (μεταμεληθεὶς)

This is a different word from that in Matthew 3:2; Matthew 4:17; μετανοεῖτε, Repent ye. Though it is fairly claimed that the word here implies all that is implied in the other word, the New Testament writers evidently recognize a distinction, since the noun which corresponds to the verb in this passage (μεταμέλεια) is not used at all in the New Testament, and the verb itself only five times; and, in every case except the two in this passage (see Matthew 21:32), with a meaning quite foreign to repentance in the ordinary gospel sense. Thus it is used of Judas, when he brought back the thirty pieces (Matthew 27:3); of Paul's not regretting his letter to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 7:8); and of God (Hebrews 7:21). On the other hand, μετανοέω, repent, used by John and Jesus in their summons to repentance (Matthew 3:2; Matthew 4:17), occurs thirty-four times, and the noun μετάνοια, repentance (Matthew 3:8, Matthew 3:11), twenty-four times, and in every case with reference to that change of heart and life wrought by the Spirit of God, to which remission of sins and salvation are promised. It is not impossible, therefore, that the word in this passage may have been intended to carry a different shade of meaning, now lost to us. Μεταμέλομαι, as its etymology indicates (μετά, after, and μέλω, to be an object of care), implies an after-care, as contrasted with the change of mind denoted by μετάνοια. Not sorrow for moral obliquity and sin against God, but annoyance at the consequences of an act or course of acts, and chagrin at not having known better. "It may be simply what our fathers were wont to call hadiwist (had-I-wist, or known better, I should have acted otherwise)" (Trench). Μεταμέλεια refers chiefly to single acts; μετάνοια denotes the repentance which affects the whole life. Hence the latter is often found in the imperative: Repent ye (Matthew 3:2; Matthew 4:17; Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19); the former never. Paul's recognition of the distinction (2 Corinthians 7:10) is noteworthy. "Godly sorrow worketh repentance (μετάνοιαν) unto salvation," a salvation or repentance "which bringeth no regret on thinking of it afterwards" (ἀμεταμέλητον). There is no occasion for one ever to think better of either his repentance or the salvation in which it issued.

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I will not.

Matthew 21:31 Whether of them two did the will of his father? They say to him, The first. Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you...

Jeremiah 44:16 As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, we will not listen to you.

Ephesians 4:17-19 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now on walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind...

he repented.

Matthew 3:2-8 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand...

2 Chronicles 33:10-19 And the LORD spoke to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not listen...

Isaiah 1:16-19 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil...

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near...

Ezekiel 18:28-32 Because he considers, and turns away from all his transgressions that he has committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die...

Daniel 4:34-37 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me...

Jonah 3:2,8-10 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the preaching that I bid you...

Luke 15:17,18 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!...

Acts 26:20 But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles...

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus...

Ephesians 2:1-13 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins...

Cross References
Numbers 10:30
But he said to him, "I will not go. I will depart to my own land and to my kindred."

Matthew 21:28
"What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.'

Matthew 21:30
And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, 'I go, sir,' but did not go.

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