Matthew 21:30
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.

Berean Study Bible
Then the man went to the second son and told him the same thing. ‘I will, sir,’ he said. But he did not go.

Berean Literal Bible
And having come to the second, he said likewise. And answering he said, 'I will sir,' and he 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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
The man then told his younger son to go work in the vineyard. The boy said he would, but he didn't go.

Good News Translation
Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. 'Yes, sir,' he answered, but he did not go.

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.

New Heart English Bible
And he came to the other, and said the same thing. And he answered and said, 'I go, sir,' but he 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.

New American Standard 1977
“And he came to the second and said the same thing. But he answered and said, ‘I will not’; yet he afterward regretted it and went.

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;
Study Bible
The Parable of the Two Sons
29‘I will not,’ he replied. But later he changed his mind and went. 30Then the man went to the second son and told him the same thing. ‘I will, sir,’ he said. But he did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.…
Cross References
Matthew 21:29
I will not,' he replied. But later he changed his mind and went.

Matthew 21:31
Which of the two did the will of his father?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before 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 whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Ezekiel 33:31
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

Romans 2:17-25
Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, …







Lexicon
Then
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

[the man] went
Προσελθὼν (Proselthōn)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4334: From pros and erchomai; to approach, i.e. come near, visit, or worship, assent to.

to the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

second [son]
δευτέρῳ (deuterō)
Adjective - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1208: Second; with the article: in the second place, for the second time. As the compare of duo; second.

[and] told [him]
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

the same thing.
ὡσαύτως (hōsautōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5615: In like manner, likewise, just so. From hos and an adverb from autos; as thus, i.e. In the same way.

‘I [will],
Ἐγώ (Egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

sir,’
κύριε (kyrie)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

he said.
ἀποκριθεὶς (apokritheis)
Verb - Aorist Participle Passive - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 611: From apo and krino; to conclude for oneself, i.e. to respond; by Hebraism to begin to speak.

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

he did not go.
ἀπῆλθεν (apēlthen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 565: From apo and erchomai; to go off, aside or behind, literally or figuratively.
(30) I go, sir.--The tone of outward respect, as contrasted with the rude refusal of the elder son, is eminently characteristic as representing the surface religion of the Pharisees.

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. 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.
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