Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Matthew 11:17


‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 1  we wailed in mourning, 2  yet you did not weep.’


1Ki 1:40; Isa 28:9-13; Isa 30:29; Jer 9:17-20; Jer 31:4; Mt 9:15,23; Lu 15:25; 1Co 9:19-23

NET © Notes

snWe played the flute for you, yet you did not dance…’ The children of this generation were making the complaint (see vv. 18-19) that others were not playing the game according to the way they played the music. John and Jesus did not follow “their tune.” Jesus’ complaint was that this generation wanted things their way, not God’s.

tn The verb ἐθρηνήσαμεν (eqrhnhsamen) refers to the loud wailing and lamenting used to mourn the dead in public in 1st century Jewish culture.

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