Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: MATTHEW - Chapter 11


John sends his disciples to Christ, who upbraids the Jews with their incredulity, and calls to him such as are sensible of their burdens.

1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, that he passed from thence, to teach and preach in their cities.

2 *Now when John had heard, in prison, the works of Christ, sending two of his disciples, he said to him:

3 Art thou he that is to come, or do we look for another?

4 And Jesus making answer, said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen.

5 *The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, **the poor have the gospel preached to them.

6 And blessed is he that shall not be scandalized in me.

7 *And when they went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitude, concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? a reed shaken with the wind?

8 But what went you out to see? a man clothed in soft garments? Behold they that are clothed in soft garments, are in the houses of kings.

9 But what went you out to see? a prophet? yea, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

10 For this is he of whom it is written: *Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.

11 Amen I say to you, there hath not risen among them that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist: yet he that is the lesser in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away.

13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John:

14 And if you will receive it, *he is Elias that is to come.

15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

16 But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like to children sitting in the market-place, who crying out to their companions,

17 Say: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have lamented, and you have not mourned.

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking; and they say: He hath a devil.

19 The son of man came eating and drinking, and they say: Behold a man that is a glutton and a wine-drinker, a friend of publicans and sinners. And wisdom is justified by her children.

20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein were done the most of his mighty works, because they had not done penance.

21 *Wo to thee, Corozain, wo to thee, Bethsaida: for if in Tyre and Sidon the mighty works had been done in you, they would long ago have done penance in sack-cloth and ashes.

22 But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment, than for you.

23 And thou, Capharnaum, shalt thou be exalted up to heaven? thou shalt go down even unto hell. For if the mighty works had been done in Sodom that have been done in thee, perhaps it would have remained unto this day.

24 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for thee.

25 At that time Jesus answered, and said: I give thanks to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to little ones.

26 Yea, Father; for so hath it seemed good in thy sight.

27 All things are delivered to me by my Father. *And no one knoweth the Son, but the Father: neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal him.

28 Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you.

29 Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: *and you shall find rest to your souls.

30 *For my yoke is sweet and my burden light.



2: Luke vii. 18.

5: Isaias xxxv. 5. --- ** Isaias lxi. 1.

7: Luke vii. 24.

10: Malachias iii. 1.; Mark i. 2.; Luke vii. 27.

14: Malachias iv. 5.

21: Luke x. 13.

27: John vi. 46. and vii. 28. viii. 19. and x. 15.

29: Jeremias vi. 16.

30: John vi. 3.