But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like to children sitting in the markets, and calling to their fellows,
Have you never attempted the culture of certain plants which " refuse to hear the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely"? Trust to the showers to furnish them sufficient moisture, and suddenly you find their leaves are drooping as if a drought had cursed the soil. Try to refresh them with water, and you find the roots softening with decay, and the leaves incrusting themselves in mildew. Put them out in the open border, where nature manifests her kindest care, and the sun scorches them like the breath of a furnace. Remove them where a friendly shrub offers its shade, and forthwith they spindle up with a pale and ghastly growth, at once worthless and unhealthy. Fit types of many of the objections with which the faith of the Saviour has been met from the beginning!
Parallel VersesKJV: But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,