New Living Translation
Then the father told the other son, 'You go,' and he said, 'Yes, sir, I will.' But he didn't go.
King James Bible
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
Darby Bible Translation
And coming to the second he said likewise; and he answering said, I go, sir, and went not.
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;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
21:30 He answered, I go, sir: but went not - Just so did the scribes and Pharisees: they professed the greatest readiness and zeal in the service of God: but it was bare profession, contradicted by all their actions.
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The son answered, 'No, I won't go,' but later he changed his mind and went anyway.
"Which of the two obeyed his father?" They replied, "The first." Then Jesus explained his meaning: "I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do.
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