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Matthew 11

 

 

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Introduction
1John sends his disciples to Christ.
7Christ's testimony concerning John.
16The perverse judgment of the people.
20Christ upbraids Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum;
25and praising his Father's wisdom in revealing the Gospel to the simple,
28he calls to him all such as feel the burden of their sins.

Verse 1
And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
commanding
28:20; John 15:10,14; Acts 1:2; 10:42; 1 Thessalonians 4:2; 2 Thessalonians 3:6,10; 1 Timothy 6:14
he departed
4:23; 9:35; Isaiah 61:1-3; Mark 1:38,39; Luke 4:15-21; 8:1; Acts 10:38

Verse 2
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
in
4:12; 14:3; Mark 6:17; Luke 3:19; 7:18-23; John 3:24
he
9:14; John 3:25-28; 4:1; Acts 19:1-3

Verses 2-19
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
in
4:12; 14:3; Mark 6:17; Luke 3:19; 7:18-23; John 3:24
he
9:14; John 3:25-28; 4:1; Acts 19:1-3

Verse 3
And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
Art
2:2-6; Genesis 3:15; 12:3; 49:10; Numbers 24:17; Deuteronomy 18:15-18; Psalms 2:6-12; Psalms 110:1-5; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6,7; Jeremiah 23:5,6; Ezekiel 34:23,24; Daniel 9:24-26; Hosea 3:5; Joel 2:28-32; Amos 9:11,12; Obadiah 1:21; Micah 5:2; Zephaniah 3:14-17; Haggai 2:7; Zechariah 9:9; Malachi 3:1; 4:2; John 4:21; 7:31,41,42
he that
See
21:5,9; Mark 11:9; Luke 19:38; John 16:14; 12:13; Hebrews 10:37

Verse 5
The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
blind
9:30; Psalms 146:8; Isaiah 29:18; 35:4-6; 42:6,7; Luke 4:18; 7:21,22; John 2:23; 3:2; 5:36; 10:25,38; 14:11,12; Acts 2:22; 4:9,10
the lame
15:30,31; 21:14; Acts 3:2-8; 14:8-10
the lepers
8:1-4; 10:8; 2 Kings 5:7,14
the deaf
Isaiah 43:8; Mark 7:37; 9:25
the dead
9:24,25; Luke 7:14-16,22; John 11:43,44
the poor
5:3; Psalms 22:26; 72:12,13; Isaiah 61:1-3; 66:2; Zechariah 11:7; Luke 4:18; James 2:5

Verse 6
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
blessed
5:3-12; Psalms 1:1,2; 32:1,2; 119:1; Luke 11:27,28
whosoever
13:55-57; 15:12-14; 18:7; 24:10; 26:31; Isaiah 8:14,15; Luke 2:34; Luke 4:23-29; John 6:60,61,66; 7:41,42; Romans 9:32,33; 1 Corinthians 1:22,23; 2:14; Galatians 5:11; 1 Peter 2:8

Verse 7
And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
Jesus
Luke 7:24-30
What
3:1-3,5; 21:25; Mark 1:3-5; Luke 3:3-7; 8:18; John 1:38; 5:35
A reed
Genesis 49:4; 2 Corinthians 1:17,18; Ephesians 4:14; James 1:6

Verse 8
But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
A man
3:4; 2 Kings 1:8; Isaiah 20:2; Zechariah 13:4; 1 Corinthians 4:11; 2 Corinthians 11:27; Revelation 11:3

Verse 9
But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
A prophet
13,14; 14:5; 17:12,13; 21:24-26; Mark 9:11-13; Luke 1:15-17,76

Verse 10
For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
3:3; Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1; 4:5; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:26,27; John 1:23

Verse 11
Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
born
Job 14:1,4; 15:14; 25:4; Psalms 51:5; Ephesians 2:3
a greater
3:11; 1 Samuel 2:30; Luke 1:15; 7:28; John 5:35
he that
5:19; Isaiah 30:26; Zechariah 12:8; Luke 9:48; John 1:15,27; 3:30; 1 Corinthians 6:4; 1 Corinthians 15:9; Ephesians 3:8
greater
John 7:39; 10:41; Romans 16:25,26; Colossians 1:26,27; 2 Timothy 1:10; Hebrews 11:40; 1 Peter 1:10

Verse 12
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
from
21:23-32; Luke 7:29,30; 13:24; 16:16; John 6:27; Ephesians 6:11-13; Philippians 2:12
suffereth violence, and the violent take
or, is gotten by force, and they that thrust men take, etc.

Verse 13
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
5:17,18; Malachi 4:6; Luke 24:27,44; John 5:46,47; Acts 3:22-24; 13:27; Romans 3:21

Verse 14
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
if
Ezekiel 2:5; 3:10,11; John 16:12; 1 Corinthians 3:2
this
17:10-13; Malachi 4:5; Mark 9:11-13; Luke 1:17; John 1:21-23; Revelation 20:4

Verse 15
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
13:9,43; Mark 4:9,23; 7:16; Luke 8:8; Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22

Verse 16
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
whereunto
Lamentations 2:13; Mark 4:30; Luke 13:18
this
12:34; 23:36; 24:34
It is
Luke 7:31-35

Verse 17
And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
We
Isaiah 28:9-13; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
piped
9:15,23; 1 Kings 1:40; Isaiah 30:29; Jeremiah 9:17-20; 31:4; Luke 15:25

Verse 18
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.
John
3:4; Jeremiah 15:17; 16:8,9; Luke 1:15; 1 Corinthians 9:27
He
10:25; 2 Kings 9:11; Jeremiah 29:26; Hosea 9:7; John 7:20; 8:48; 10:20; Acts 26:24

Verse 19
The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
came
Luke 5:29,30; 7:34,36; 14:1; John 2:2; 12:2-8; Romans 15:2
a friend
9:10,11; Luke 15:1,2; 19:7
But
Psalms 92:5,6; Proverbs 17:24; Luke 7:29,35; 1 Corinthians 1:24-29; Ephesians 3:8-10; Revelation 5:11-14; 7:12

Verse 20
Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
began
Luke 10:13-15
upbraid
Psalms 81:11-13; Isaiah 1:2-5; Micah 6:1-5; Mark 9:19; 16:14; James 1:5
because
12:41; 21:28-32; Jeremiah 8:6; Acts 17:20; 2 Timothy 2:25,26; Revelation 2:21; 9:20,21; Revelation 16:9,11

Verse 21
Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
Woe
18:7; 23:13-29; 26:24; Jeremiah 13:27; Luke 11:42-52; Jude 1:11
Bethsaida
Mark 6:45; 8:22; Luke 9:10; John 1:44; 12:21
for
12:41,42; Ezekiel 3:6,7; Acts 13:44-48; 28:25-28
repented
Job 42:6; John 3:5-10

Verse 22
But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
It shall
24; 10:15; Luke 10:14; 12:47,48; Hebrews 2:3; 6:4-8; 10:26-31
Tyre
Isaiah 23:1-18; Jeremiah 25:22; 27:3; Ezekiel 26:1-28; 29:18; Amos 1:9,10; Zechariah 9:2,3
the day
12:36; 2 Peter 2:9; 3:7; 1 John 4:17

Verse 23
And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
Capernaum
4:13; 8:5; 17:24; Luke 4:23; John 4:46-54
which art
Isaiah 14:13-15; Lamentations 2:1; Ezekiel 28:12-19; 31:16,17; Obadiah 1:4; Luke 14:11; 2 Peter 2:4-9
in Sodom
Genesis 13:13; 19:24,25; Ezekiel 16:48-50; Jude 1:7; Revelation 11:8

Verse 24
But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
more
22; 10:15; Lamentations 4:6; Mark 6:11; Luke 10:12

Verse 25
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Jesus
Luke 10:21-24
I thank
1 Chronicles 29:13; Daniel 2:23; John 11:41; 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14
Lord
Genesis 14:19,22; Deuteronomy 10:14,15; 2 Kings 19:15; Isaiah 66:1; Daniel 4:35; Acts 17:24
because
13:11-16; Isaiah 5:21; 29:10-14,18,19; Mark 4:10-12; John 7:48,49; John 9:39-41; 12:38-40; Romans 11:8-10; 1 Corinthians 1:18-29; 2:6-8; 3:18-20; 2 Corinthians 3:14; 4:3-6
and hast
16:17; 18:3,4; 21:16; 1 Samuel 2:18; 3:4-21; Psalms 8:2; Jeremiah 1:5-8; Mark 10:14-16; 1 Corinthians 1:27

Verse 26
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
for
Job 33:13; Isaiah 46:10; Luke 10:21; Romans 9:18; 11:33-36; Ephesians 1:9,11; 3:11; 2 Timothy 1:9

Verse 27
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
are
28:18; John 3:35; 5:21-29; 13:3; 17:2; 1 Corinthians 15:25-27; Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:10,11; Hebrews 2:8-10; 1 Peter 3:22
no man
Luke 10:22; John 10:15
neither
John 1:18; 6:46; 10:15; 14:6-9; 17:2,3,6,25,26; 1 John 2:23; 5:19,20; 2 John 1:9

Verse 28
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Come
Isaiah 45:22-25; 53:2,3; 55:1-3; John 6:37; 7:37; Revelation 22:17
all
23:4; Genesis 3:17-19; Job 5:7; 14:1; Psalms 32:4; 38:4; 90:7-10; Ecclesiastes 1:8,14; 2:22,23; 4:8; Isaiah 1:4; 61:3; 66:2; Micah 6:6-8; Acts 15:10; Romans 7:22-25; Galatians 5:1
and I
29; Psalms 94:13; 116:7; Isaiah 11:10; 28:12; 48:17,18; Jeremiah 6:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; Hebrews 4:1

Verse 29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
my
7:24; 17:5; John 13:17; 14:21-24; 15:10-14; 1 Corinthians 9:21; 2 Corinthians 10:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; Hebrews 5:9
and learn
27; 28:20; Luke 6:46-48; 8:35; 10:39-42; John 13:15; Acts 3:22,23; 7:37; Ephesians 4:20,21; Philippians 2:5; 1 John 2:6
for
12:19,20; 21:5; Numbers 12:3; Psalms 131:1; Isaiah 42:1-4; Zechariah 9:9; Luke 9:51-56; 2 Corinthians 10:1; Philippians 2:7,8; 1 Peter 2:21-23
and ye
28; Jeremiah 6:16; Hebrews 4:3-11

Verse 30
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
my yoke
Proverbs 3:17; Micah 6:8; Acts 15:10,28; Galatians 5:1,18; 1 John 5:3
burden
John 16:33; 2 Corinthians 1:4,5; 4:17; 12:9,10; Philippians 4:13

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Matthew 11:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/matthew-11.html.

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