New American Standard Bible
"To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like?
King James Bible
And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
Darby Bible Translation
To whom therefore shall I liken the men of this generation, and to whom are they like?
World English Bible
"To what then will I liken the people of this generation? What are they like?
Young's Literal Translation
And the Lord said, 'To what, then, shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
See this passage explained in the notes at Matthew 11:16-19. "And the Lord said." This clause is wanting in almost all the manuscripts, and is omitted by the best critics.
LibraryThwarting God's Purpose
'The Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of Him.' --LUKE vii. 30. Our Lord has just been pouring unstinted praise on the head of John the Baptist. The eulogium was tenderly timed, for it followed, and was occasioned by the expression, through messengers, of John's doubts of Christ's Messiahship. Lest these should shake the people's confidence in the Forerunner, and make them think of him as weak and shifting, Christ speaks of him in the glowing …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions Of Holy Scripture
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Liii. The Contemplation of Death.
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
"But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other children,
But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God's purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John.
"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.'
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