New International Version
"To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
King James Bible
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
Darby Bible Translation
But to whom shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the markets, which, calling to their companions,
World English Bible
"But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call to their companions
Young's Literal Translation
'And to what shall I liken this generation? it is like little children in market-places, sitting and calling to their comrades,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? - That is, the Jewish people - την γενεαν ταυτην, this race: and so the word γενεα is often to be understood in the evangelists.
In the markets - Or, places of concourse, αγοραις, from αγειρω, I gather together; not a market-place only, but any place of public resort: probably meaning here, places of public amusement.
Calling unto their fellows - Or, companions. Instead of εταιροις, companions, many of the best MSS. have ετεροις, others. The great similarity of the words might have easily produced this difference.
There are some to whom every thing is useful in leading them to God; others, to whom nothing is sufficient. Every thing is good to an upright mind, every thing bad to a vicious heart.
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they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called 'Rabbi' by others.
As he taught, Jesus said, "Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces,
"Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.
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