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

King James Bible
And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

Darby Bible Translation
say, We have piped to you, and ye have not danced: we have mourned to you, and ye have not wailed.

World English Bible
and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you didn't dance. We mourned for you, and you didn't lament.'

Young's Literal Translation
and saying, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance, we lamented to you, and ye did not smite the breast.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced - We have begun the music, which should have been followed by the dance, but ye have not attended to it.

We have mourned - and ye have not lamented - Ye have not smote the breast: ουκ εκοψασθε, from κοπτομαι, to strike, or beat the breasts with the hands, particularly in lamentation. So used, Nahum 2:7; Luke 18:13; Luke 23:48, and by the best Greek and Roman writers. There is an allusion here to those funeral lamentations explained Matthew 9:23.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Isaiah 28:9-13 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk...

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant to all, that I might gain the more...

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Matthew 9:15,23 And Jesus said to them, Can the children of the bridal chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come...

1 Kings 1:40 And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy...

Isaiah 30:29 You shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart...

Jeremiah 9:17-20 Thus said the LORD of hosts, Consider you, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women...

Jeremiah 31:4 Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin of Israel: you shall again be adorned with your tabrets...

Luke 15:25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.

Library
The Friend of Publicans and Sinners
'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,'--MATT. xi. 19. Jesus very seldom took notice of His enemies' slanders. 'When He was reviled He reviled not again.' If ever He did, it was for the sake of those whom it harmed to distort His beauty. Thus, here He speaks, without the slightest trace of irritation, of the capricious inconsistency of condemning Himself and John
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

John's Doubts of Jesus, and Jesus' Praise of John
'Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3. And said unto Him, Art Thou He that should come, or do we look for another? 4. Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 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. 6. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me. 7.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Again on the Words of the Gospel, Matt. xi. 28, "Come unto Me, all Ye that Labour and are Heavy Laden, and I Will Give You
1. It seems strange to some, Brethren, when they hear the Lord say, "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." [2323] And they consider that they who have fearlessly bowed their necks to this yoke, and have with much submission taken this burden upon their shoulders, are tossed about and exercised by so great
Saint Augustine—sermons on selected lessons of the new testament

The Sinner's Friend
"Savior of sinners they proclaim, Sinners of whom the chief I am." What the invidious Jews said in bitter spleen, has been turned by the Holy Spirit to the most gracious account. Where they poured out vials of hate, odours of sacred incense arise. Troubled consciences have found a sweet balm in the very sound. Jesus, "the friend of publicans and sinners," has proved himself friendly to them, and they have become friends with him; so completely has he justified the very name which his enemies gave
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 10: 1864

Cross References
Genesis 50:10
When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father.

Matthew 11:16
"To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

Matthew 11:18
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'

Luke 7:32
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: "'We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.'

Luke 8:52
Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep."

Luke 23:27
A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.

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