Matthew 11:7
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English Standard Version
As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

King James Bible
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?

American Standard Version
And as these went their way, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed shaken with the wind?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? a reed shaken with the wind?

English Revised Version
And as these went their way, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed shaken with the wind?

Webster's Bible Translation
And as they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? a reed shaken with the wind?

Weymouth New Testament
When the messengers had taken their leave, Jesus proceeded to say to the multitude concerning John, "What did you go out into the Desert to gaze at? A reed waving in the wind?

Matthew 11:7 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

As they departed (τούτων δὲ πορευομένων)

Rev., more literal and better, as these went their way; or while they, John's disciples, were departing' thus giving the simultaneousness of Jesus' words with the act of departure.

To see (θεάσασθαι)

Rev., to behold. θεᾶσθαι, like θεωρεῖν, expresses the calm, continuous contemplation of an object which remains before the spectator. Compare John 1:14. Another verb is used in Christ's repetition of the question, Matthew 11:8, Matthew 11:9; ἰδεῖν in the ordinary sense of seeing. The more earnest expression suits the first question.

Matthew 11:7 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Jesus.

Luke 7:24-30 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak to the people concerning John...

What.

Matthew 3:1-3,5 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea...

Matthew 21:25 The baptism of John, from where was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say...

Mark 1:3-5 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight...

Luke 3:3-7 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins...

Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore how you hear: for whoever has, to him shall be given; and whoever has not...

John 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, What seek you? They said to him, Rabbi, (which is to say...

John 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

A reed.

Genesis 49:4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel; because you went up to your father's bed; then defiled you it: he went up to my couch.

2 Corinthians 1:17,18 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh...

Ephesians 4:14 That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men...

James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Cross References
Matthew 3:1
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

Matthew 11:8
What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

Matthew 12:20
a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory;

Luke 7:24
When John's messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

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