Matthew 11:17
New International Version
"'We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'

New Living Translation
'We played wedding songs, and you didn't dance, so we played funeral songs, and you didn't mourn.'

English Standard Version
“‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

Berean Study Bible
‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge and you did not mourn.’

Berean Literal Bible
saying: 'We piped for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge and you did not wail.'

New American Standard Bible
and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'

King James Bible
And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

Christian Standard Bible
We played the flute for you, but you didn't dance; we sang a lament, but you didn't mourn!

Contemporary English Version
"We played the flute, but you would not dance! We sang a funeral song, but you would not mourn!"

Good News Translation
'We played wedding music for you, but you wouldn't dance! We sang funeral songs, but you wouldn't cry!'

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We played the flute for you, but you didn't dance; we sang a lament, but you didn't mourn!

International Standard Version
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.'

NET Bible
We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.'

New Heart English Bible
and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance. We wailed in mourning, and you did not mourn.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And saying, 'We sang to you, and you did not dance, and we cried for you, and you were not sad.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
'We played music for you, but you didn't dance. We sang a funeral song, but you didn't show any sadness.'

New American Standard 1977
and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

King James 2000 Bible
And saying, We have piped unto you, and you have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and you have not lamented.

American King James Version
And saying, We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have mourned to you, and you have not lamented.

American Standard Version
and say, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not mourn.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who crying to their companions say: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have lamented, and you have not mourned.

Darby Bible Translation
say, We have piped to you, and ye have not danced: we have mourned to you, and ye have not wailed.

English Revised Version
and say, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not mourn.

Webster's Bible Translation
And saying, We have piped to you, and ye have not danced; We have mourned to you, and ye have not lamented.

Weymouth New Testament
"'We have played the flute to you,' they say, 'and you have not danced: we have sung dirges, and you have not beaten your breasts.'

World English Bible
and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you didn't dance. We mourned for you, and you didn't lament.'

Young's Literal Translation
and saying, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance, we lamented to you, and ye did not smite the breast.
Study Bible
Jesus Testifies about John
16To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’…
Cross References
Genesis 50:10
When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, which is across the Jordan, they lamented and wailed loudly, and Joseph mourned for his father seven days.

Matthew 11:16
To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

Matthew 11:18
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon!'

Luke 7:32
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.'

Luke 8:52
Meanwhile everyone was weeping and mourning for her. But Jesus said, "Stop weeping; she is not dead but asleep."

Luke 23:27
A great number of people followed Him, including women who kept mourning and wailing for Him.

Treasury of Scripture

And saying, We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have mourned to you, and you have not lamented.

We.

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…

1 Corinthians 9:19-23
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more…

piped.

Matthew 9:15,23
And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast…

1 Kings 1:40
And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.

Isaiah 30:29
Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.







Lexicon
‘We played the flute
Ηὐλήσαμεν (Ēulēsamen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 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 Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

and
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

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

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

and
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

you did not mourn.’
ἐκόψασθε (ekopsasthe)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2875: A primary verb; to 'chop'; specially, to beat the breast in grief.
11:16-24 Christ reflects on the scribes and Pharisees, who had a proud conceit of themselves. He likens their behaviour to children's play, who being out of temper without reason, quarrel with all the attempts of their fellows to please them, or to get them to join in the plays for which they used to assemble. The cavils of worldly men are often very trifling and show great malice. Something they have to urge against every one, however excellent and holy. Christ, who was undefiled, and separate from sinners, is here represented as in league with them, and polluted by them. The most unspotted innocence will not always be a defence against reproach. Christ knew that the hearts of the Jews were more bitter and hardened against his miracles and doctrines, than those of Tyre and Sidon would have been; therefore their condemnation would be the greater. The Lord exercises his almighty power, yet he punishes none more than they deserve, and never withholds the knowledge of the truth from those who long after it.
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