Matthew 11:19

19 The Son of Man came 1eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, 2a friend of 3tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds."[a]

Matthew 11:19 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 11:19

The son of man came eating and drinking
Meaning himself, who ate and drank as men usually do, lived in the common way of life, was free and sociable, went to feasts, entertainments, and weddings, when he was invited; and was affable, courteous, and friendly in his deportment, to all men;

and they say, behold a man gluttonous,
a voracious man, an epicurean, one that indulges his appetite to a very great degree, and in a scandalous manner;

a winebibber,
a common tippler, one that drinks to excess; whom the Rabbins call F11, (Nrgrg) , who is one, they say, that drinks up his cup at one draught; one that is given to wine, and is greedy of it:

a friend of publicans and sinners;
such as are openly and notoriously wicked; and loves their company, for the sake of tippling with them; and encourages them in their revelling and drunkenness; a very black charge this!

But wisdom is justified of her children;
either the wisdom of God, in making use of ministers of a different disposition and deportment, whereby some are gained, and others left inexcusable: or the Gospel, in which there is such a display of divine wisdom, which is vindicated from the charge of licentiousness, by the agreeable lives and conversations of the children of God: or rather Christ himself, who is the wisdom of God; and in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; who, however he may be traduced by ignorant and malicious men, yet will be acquitted from all such charges, as here insinuated, by all the true sons of wisdom; or by such, who are made wise unto salvation. We may learn from hence, that no sort of preachers and preaching will please some men; that the best of Gospel ministers may be reproached as libertines, or madmen; and that they will be sooner, or later, justified and cleared from all such aspersions.


F11 T. Bab. Pesachim, fol. 86. 2. Betza, fol. 25. 2.

Matthew 11:19 In-Context

17 "'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'
19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds."
20 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.
21 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Matthew 9:10; Luke 7:36; Luke 14:1; John 2:1; John 12:2
  • 2. Matthew 9:11; Luke 15:2; Luke 19:7
  • 3. Matthew 18:17

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Some manuscripts children (compare Luke 7:35)
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