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Matthew 11:25-30

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Jesus’ Invitation

11:25 At that time Jesus said, 1  “I praise 2  you, Father, Lord 3  of heaven and earth, because 4  you have hidden these things from the wise 5  and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. 11:26 Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 6  11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. 7  No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides 8  to reveal him. 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke 9  on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”

1 tn Grk “At that time, answering, Jesus said.” This construction is somewhat redundant in English and has been simplified in the translation.

2 tn Or “thank.”

3 sn The title Lord is an important name for God, showing his sovereignty, but it is interesting that it comes next to a reference to the Father, a term indicative of God’s care. The two concepts are often related in the NT; see Eph 1:3-6.

4 tn Or “that.”

5 sn See 1 Cor 1:26-31.

6 tn Grk “for (to do) thus was well-pleasing before you,” BDAG 325 s.v. ἔμπροσθεν 1.b.δ; speaking of something taking place “before” God is a reverential way of avoiding direct connection of the action to him.

7 sn This verse has been noted for its conceptual similarity to teaching in John’s Gospel (10:15; 17:2). The authority of the Son and the Father are totally intertwined.

8 tn Or “wishes”; or “intends”; or “plans” (cf. BDAG 182 s.v. βούλομαι 2.b). Here it is the Son who has sovereignty.

9 sn A yoke is a wooden bar or frame that joins two animals like oxen or horses so that they can pull a wagon, plow, etc. together. Here it is used figuratively of the restrictions that a teacher or rabbi would place on his followers.



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