And saying, We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have mourned to you, and you have not lamented.
Treasury of Scripture
Isaiah 28:9-13 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk...
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant to all, that I might gain the more...
Matthew 9:15,23 And Jesus said to them, Can the children of the bridal chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come...
1 Kings 1:40 And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy...
Isaiah 30:29 You shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart...
Jeremiah 9:17-20 Thus said the LORD of hosts, Consider you, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women...
Jeremiah 31:4 Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin of Israel: you shall again be adorned with your tabrets...
Luke 15:25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
ContextJesus' Testimony Concerning John
7And as they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, What went you out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 8But what went you out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 9But what went you out for to see? A prophet? yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 10For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, which shall prepare your way before you. 11Truly I say to you, Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14And if you will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. 15He that has ears to hear, let him hear. 16But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like to children sitting in the markets, and calling to their fellows, 17And saying, We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have mourned to you, and you have not lamented. 18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a devil. 19The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a drunkard, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
and say, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance; we wailed, and ye did not mourn.
Who crying to their companions say: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have lamented, and you have not mourned.
Darby Bible Translation
say, We have piped to you, and ye have not danced: we have mourned to you, and ye have not wailed.
King James Bible
And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
Young's Literal Translation
and saying, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance, we lamented to you, and ye did not smite the breast.