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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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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.
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For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'
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.'
Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep."
A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.
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