Matthew 11:16
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English Standard Version
“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,

King James Bible
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,

American Standard Version
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the marketplaces, who call unto their fellows

Douay-Rheims Bible
But whereunto shall I esteem this generation to be like? It is like to children sitting in the market place.

English Revised Version
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the marketplaces, which call unto their fellows,

Webster's Bible Translation
But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like to children sitting in the markets, and calling to their fellows,

Weymouth New Testament
"But to what shall I compare the present generation? It is like children sitting in the open places, who call to their playmates.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Children (παιδίοις)

Diminutive, little children. The Rev. Donald Fraser gives the picture simply and vividly: "He pictured a group of little children playing at make-believe marriages and funerals. First they acted a marriage procession; some of them piping as on instruments of music, while the rest were expected to leap and dance. In a perverse mood, however, these last did not respond, but stood still and looked discontented. So the little pipers changed their game and proposed a funeral. They began to imitate the loud wailing of eastern mourners. But again they were thwarted, for their companions refused to chime in with the mournful cry and to beat their breasts....So the disappointed children complained: 'We piped unto you and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not mourn. Nothing pleases you. If you don't want to dance, why don't yon mourn?...It is plain that yon are in bad humor, and determined not to be pleased'" ("Metaphors in the Gospels"). The issue is between the Jews (this generation) and the children of wisdom, Matthew 11:19.

Market-places (ἀγοραῖς)

From ἀγείρω, to assemble. Wyc., renders cheepynge; compare cheepside, the place for buying selling; for the word cheap had originally no reference to small price, but meant simply barter or price. The primary conception in the Greek word has nothing to do with buying and selling. Ἀγορά is an assembly; then the place of assembly. The idea of a place of trade comes in afterward, and naturally, since trade plants itself where people habitually gather. Hence the Roman Forum was devoted, not only to popular and judicial assemblies, but to commercial purposes, especially of bankers. The idea of trade gradually becomes the dominant one in the word. In Eastern cities the markets are held in bazaars and streets, rather than in squares. In these public places the children would be found playing. Compare Zechariah 8:5.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

whereunto.

Lamentations 2:13 What thing shall I take to witness for you? what thing shall I liken to you, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to you...

Mark 4:30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?

Luke 13:18 Then said he, To what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?

this.

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Matthew 23:36 Truly I say to you, All these things shall come on this generation.

Matthew 24:34 Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

It is.

Luke 7:31-35 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like...

Cross References
Matthew 11:15
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 11:17
"'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'

Matthew 23:7
and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others.

Mark 12:38
And in his teaching he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces

Luke 11:43
Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.

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