New International Version
"Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go.
King James Bible
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
Darby Bible Translation
And coming to the second he said likewise; and he answering said, *I* [go], sir, and went not.
World English Bible
He came to the second, and said the same thing. He answered, 'I go, sir,' but he didn't go.
Young's Literal Translation
And having come to the second, he said in the same manner, and he answering said, I go, sir, and went not;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I go, sir - This is all respect, complaisance, and professed, obedience; but he went not: he promised well, but did not perform. What a multitude of such are in the world, professing to know God, but denying him in their works! Alas! what will such professions avail, when God comes to take away the soul?
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Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.'--MATT. xxi. 44. As Christ's ministry drew to its close, its severity and its gentleness both increased; its severity to the class to whom it was always severe, and its gentleness to the class from whom it never turned away. Side by side, through all His manifestation of Himself, there were the two aspects: 'He showed Himself froward' (if I may quote the word) to the self-righteous …
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"'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
"Which of the two did what his father wanted?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.
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