Luke 7:32
New International Version
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: "'We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.'

New Living Translation
They are like children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends, ‘We played wedding songs, and you didn’t dance, so we played funeral songs, and you didn’t weep.’

English Standard Version
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’

Berean Study Bible
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’

Berean Literal Bible
They are like to little children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying: 'We piped to you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.'

King James Bible
They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.

New King James Version
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying: ‘We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not weep.’

New American Standard Bible
They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a song of mourning, and you did not weep.’

NASB 1995
"They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.'

NASB 1977
“They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another; and they say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’

Amplified Bible
They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another, and saying, ‘We played the flute for you [pretending to be at a wedding], and you did not dance; we sang a dirge [pretending to be at a funeral], and you did not weep [so nothing we did appealed to you].’

Christian Standard Bible
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to each other: We played the flute for you, but you didn’t dance; we sang a lament, but you didn’t weep!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to each other: We played the flute for you, but you didn't dance; we sang a lament, but you didn't weep!

American Standard Version
They are like unto children that sit in the marketplace, and call one to another; who say, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not weep.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“It is like boys sitting in the street and calling their friends and saying, 'We sang to you and you did not dance, and we howled to you and you did not cry.'”

Contemporary English Version
You are like children sitting in the market and shouting to each other, "We played the flute, but you would not dance! We sang a funeral song, but you would not cry!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
They are like to children sitting in the marketplace, and speaking one to another, and saying: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have mourned, and you have not wept.

English Revised Version
They are like unto children that sit in the marketplace, and call one to another; which say, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not weep.

Good News Translation
They are like children sitting in the marketplace. One group shouts to the other, 'We played wedding music for you, but you wouldn't dance! We sang funeral songs, but you wouldn't cry!'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They are like children who sit in the marketplace and shout to each other, 'We played music for you, but you didn't dance. We sang a funeral song, but you didn't cry.'

International Standard Version
They're like little children who sit in the marketplace and shout to each other, 'A wedding song we played for you, the dance you all did scorn. A woeful dirge we chanted, too, but then you would not mourn.'

Literal Standard Version
They are like to children, to those sitting in a marketplace, and calling to one another, and saying, We piped to you, and you did not dance, we mourned to you, and you did not weep!

NET Bible
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, 'We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.'

New Heart English Bible
They are like children who sit in the marketplace, and call one to another, saying, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance. We mourned, and you did not weep.'

Weymouth New Testament
They are like children sitting in the public square and calling out to one another, 'We have played the flute to you, and you have not danced: we have sung dirges, and you have not shown sorrow.'

World English Bible
They are like children who sit in the marketplace, and call one to another, saying, 'We piped to you, and you didn't dance. We mourned, and you didn't weep.'

Young's Literal Translation
they are like to children, to those sitting in a market-place, and calling one to another, and saying, We piped to you, and ye did not dance, we mourned to you, and ye did not weep!

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jesus Testifies about John
31“To what, then, can I compare the men of this generation? What are they like? 32They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’ 33For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’…

Cross References
Matthew 11:17
We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'

Matthew 20:3
About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.

Luke 7:31
"To what, then, can I compare the men of this generation? What are they like?

Luke 7:33
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon!'


Treasury of Scripture

They are like to children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have mourned to you, and you have not wept.

are.

Proverbs 17:16
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

Isaiah 28:9-13
Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts…

Isaiah 29:11,12
And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: …

See on

Matthew 11:16-19
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, …

children.

Zechariah 8:5
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.











Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
They are
εἰσιν (eisin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

like
ὅμοιοί (homoioi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3664: Like, similar to, resembling, of equal rank. From the base of homou; similar.

children
παιδίοις (paidiois)
Noun - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3813: Neuter diminutive of pais; a childling, i.e., an infant, or a half-grown boy or girl; figuratively, an immature Christian.

sitting
καθημένοις (kathēmenois)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's 2521: To sit, be seated, enthroned; I dwell, reside. From kata; and hemai; to sit down; figuratively, to remain, reside.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

[the] marketplace
ἀγορᾷ (agora)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 58: From ageiro; properly, the town-square; by implication, a market or thoroughfare.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

calling out
προσφωνοῦσιν (prosphōnousin)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's 4377: From pros and phoneo; to sound towards, i.e. Address, exclaim, summon.

to one another:
ἀλλήλοις (allēlois)
Personal / Reciprocal Pronoun - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 240: One another, each other. Genitive plural from allos reduplicated; one another.

‘We played the flute
Ηὐλήσαμεν (Ēulēsamen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 832: To play the flute, pipe. From aulos; to play the flute.

for you,
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

you did not dance;
ὠρχήσασθε (ōrchēsasthe)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 3738: To dance. Middle voice from orchos; to dance.

we sang a dirge,
Ἐθρηνήσαμεν (Ethrēnēsamen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 2354: Intrans: I lament, wail; trans: I bewail. From threnos; to bewail.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

you did not weep.’
ἐκλαύσατε (eklausate)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2799: To weep, weep for, mourn, lament. Of uncertain affinity; to sob, i.e. Wail aloud.


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