|Book||Gospel of Matthew|
|Christian Bible part||New Testament|
|Order in the Christian part||1|
Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter are:
- Papyrus 70 (3rd century; extant verses 26-27)
- Codex Vaticanus (325-350)
- Codex Sinaiticus (330-360; complete)
- Papyrus 62 (4th century; extant verses 25-30; also contains verses 25-29 in the Coptic language)
- Papyrus 19 (4th/5th century; extant verses 1-5)
- Codex Bezae (~400)
- Codex Washingtonianus (~400)
- Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (~450; complete)
- Codex Purpureus Rossanensis (6th century)
- Codex Petropolitanus Purpureus (6th century; extant verses 4-30)
- Codex Sinopensis (6th century; extant verses 5-12)
This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to the other gospels):
- Matthew 11:1 = Ministry of Jesus (continuation of Matthew 10:34–42) (Mark 13:9–13; Luke 21:12–19; Luke 12:2–9)
- Matthew 11:2–19 = Messengers from John the Baptist (Luke 7:18–35)
- Matthew 11:20–24 = Cursing Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum (Luke 10:13–15)
- Matthew 11:25–30 = Praising the Father (Luke 10:21–22)
The New King James Version organises this chapter as follows:
- Matthew 11:1–19 = John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus
- Matthew 11:20–24 = Woe to the Impenitent Cities
- Matthew 11:25–30 = Jesus gives True Rest
- Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.
Matthew portrays Jesus teaching and preaching without his twelve disciples, who have been sent out separately on a missionary tour. It was during the absence of the twelve that the delegation from John the Baptist arrived.
John the Baptist
Verses 2 to 6 relate to John the Baptist's enquiry about Jesus, relayed by his messengers. Verses 7 to 19 relate Jesus' assessment of John's ministry.
- 2Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
- 3And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
Some translations use descriptive words to refer to the expected Messiah: "the one who is to come" (English Standard Version, New Heart English Bible), or "the one we are waiting for" (Living Bible), whereas other translations render the Greek: ο ερχομενος, ho erchomenos, as a title: "the Expected One" (New American Standard Bible), "the Coming One" (Weymouth New Testament, New King James Version).
Having set out in verse 1 "to teach and to preach in their cities", verses 20-24 give an account of Jesus' condemnation of the cities of Galilee for their refusal to repent. Jesus worked most of his miracles or "deeds of power" in these cities.
- At that time, Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
German Protestant theologian Karl Theodor Keim called this text a "pearl of the sayings of Jesus". Pope Francis has noted with support that Pope Benedict XVI "often pointed out that the theologian must remain attentive to the faith lived by the humble and the small, to whom it pleased the Father to reveal that which He had hidden from the learned and the wise”.
- All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
The Jerusalem Bible suggests that this verse has "a Johannine flavour", observing that "awareness of Christ's divine sonship exists in the deepest stratum of the synoptic tradition as well as in [John]."
- Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
- and I will give you rest.
"Come unto me" (Greek: δεῦτε πρός με, deute pros me): also in Matthew 4:19, where the Greek: δεῦτε ὀπίσω μου, deute opiso mou, is often translated as "follow me". In verse 28 there is less thought of the process of coming than in the very similar invitation in John 7:37.
- 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.
Papyrus 62 (4th century)
- Matthew 11:1: NKJV
- Meyer, H. A. W., Meyer's NT Commentary on Matthew 11, accessed 21 February 2021
- Matthew 11:2–3 KJV
- Matthew 11:20: NRSV
- Matthew 11:25 NKJV
- Quoted by Heinrich Meyer, Meyer's NT Commentary on Matthew 11, accessed 7 January 2017
- Harmon, C., Francis to theologians: Don’t confuse “sensus fidelium” with majority opinion, 9 December 2013, accessed 7 January 2017
- Matthew 11:27 NKJV
- Jerusalem Bible (1966), footnote j at Matthew 11:27
- Matthew 11:28: KJV
- e.g. King James Version, Revised Standard Version
- Joseph S. Exell; Henry Donald Maurice Spence-Jones (Editors). The Pulpit Commentary. 23 volumes. First publication: 1890. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- Matthew 11:29
- Matthew 11:30
- Block, Daniel I. (2001). "Handel's Messiah: Biblical and Theological Perspectives" (PDF). Didaskalia. 12 (2). Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- Media related to Gospel of Matthew - Chapter 11 at Wikimedia Commons
- Matthew 11 King James Bible - Wikisource
- English Translation with Parallel Latin Vulgate
- Online Bible at GospelHall.org (ESV, KJV, Darby, American Standard Version, Bible in Basic English)
- Multiple bible versions at Bible Gateway (NKJV, NIV, NRSV etc.)
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