Lectionary Year A
July 7, 2002
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Initial Acquaintance/Rough Translation


16 But with/to whom will I compare [will I make] this generation [like]? It is [resembles the likeness of] children, sitting in the market [public] places, who are calling toward one another, 17 saying: 'we played the flute to you (pl.) and you (pl.) did not dance, we wept and you (pl.) did not mourn [lament?].' 18 For John came, neither eating nor drinking, and they are saying: 'He has a demon!' 19 The son of the human being came, eating and drinking, and they are saying: 'Look, a gluttonous human being and one filled with wine, a friend of tax collectors and of sinners!' And/but [the] wisdom is made righteous from/by her deeds/works."

25 In that critical hour [divinely appointed time?], Jesus answered and said: "I give thanks [and praise] to you, Father, Lord of [the] heaven and [the] earth, because you hid these things from wise ones and the ones who possess understanding, and you revealed [unveiled] them to immature ones [to the ones not yet of age]; 26 yes, Father, for thus happened/became/was good will before you. 27 All things were handed over to me from my father, and no one knows the son except for the father, and no one knows the father except for the son, and anyone to whom the son decides to reveal [it/him?]."

28 "Come to me, all who are weary [work so hard] and who have been loaded with heavy burdens, and I will give all of you rest! 29 Take my yoke upon you (pl.) and be a learner [disciple?] from me, for I am gentle and humble in [the] heart, and you (pl.) will find rest in [with respect to] your souls [innermost being; life?]; 30 for my yoke [is] easy to bear and my burden is light!"

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