Matthew 11

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Matthew 11
Gospel of Matthew 11:26-27 on Papyrus 70, from 3rd century.
Book Gospel of Matthew
Bible part New Testament
Order in the Bible part 1
Category Gospel

Matthew 11 is the eleventh chapter in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament section of the Christian Bible. It continues the narrative about Jesus' ministry in Galilee.



This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to other parts of the Bible):

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

John the Baptist's Enquiry

Verses 2 to 6 relate to John the Baptist's enquiry about Jesus, relayed by his messengers:

Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?

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).

Verse 25

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 (New King James Version)

German Protestant theologian Karl Theodor Keim called this text a "pearl of the sayings of Jesus".[1] 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”.[2]

Verse 28

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.[3]
  • "Come" (δεῦτε): also in Matthew 4:19. There is less thought of the process of coming than in the very similar invitation in John 7:37.[4]

Verse 29

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.[5]

Verse 30

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.[6]

Old manuscripts

Papyrus 62 (4th century)

See also


  1. ^ Quoted by Heinrich Meyer, Meyer's NT Commentary on Matthew 11, accessed 7 January 2017
  2. ^ Harmon, C., Francis to theologians: Don’t confuse “sensus fidelium” with majority opinion, 9 December 2013, accessed 7 January 2017
  3. ^ Matthew 11:28
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Matthew 11:29
  6. ^ Matthew 11:30

Preceded by
Matthew 10
Chapters of the New Testament
Gospel of Matthew
Succeeded by
Matthew 12
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