New American Standard Bible
"Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.
King James Bible
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
Darby Bible Translation
Woe, when all men speak well of you, for after this manner did their fathers to the false prophets.
World English Bible
Woe, when men speak well of you, for their fathers did the same thing to the false prophets.
Young's Literal Translation
'Woe to you when all men shall speak well of you -- for according to these things were their fathers doing to false prophets.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
When all men shall speak well of you - When they shall praise or applaud you. The people of the world will not praise or applaud "my" doctrine; they are "opposed" to it, and therefore, if they speak well of "you" and of "your teachings," it is proof that you do not teach the true doctrine. If you do "not" do this, then there will be woe upon you. If men teach false doctrines for true; if they declare that God has spoken that which he has not spoken, and if they oppose what he "has" delivered, then heavy punishments will await them.
For so did their fathers - The fathers or ancestors of this people; the ancient Jews.
To the false prophets - Men who pretended to be of God - who delivered their "own" doctrines as the truth of God, and who accommodated themselves to the desires of the people. Of this number were the prophets of Baal, the false prophets who appeared in the time of Jeremiah, etc.
LUKE vi. 36-38. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again. One often hears complaints against this world, and against mankind; one hears it said …
Charles Kingsley—The Good News of God
Epistle xxxii. To Anastasius, Presbyter .
Of Christian Liberty.
The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each is tested by the praise accorded him.
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
"Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
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