Matthew 11:15

15 Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Matthew 11:15 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
English Standard Version (ESV)
15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
New Living Translation (NLT)
15 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!
The Message Bible (MSG)
15 "Are you listening to me? Really listening?
American Standard Version (ASV)
15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
15 Let the person who has ears listen!
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
15 Anyone who has ears should listen!
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
15 Those who have ears should listen.

Matthew 11:15 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 11:15

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
] A way of speaking used by Christ, when anything serious, and of great importance, was delivered; and which required attention, and was not easily understood: and such were the several things he had mentioned in this context; as that John was more than a prophet, more excellent than all the prophets; that the law and prophets were now at an end, and that John was Elias; which things, if rightly understood, would serve greatly to settle their judgment, with respect to himself as the Messiah: but his words imply, that everyone had not spiritual ears and understandings, to hear and take in things of such an high nature, and excellent use; none but those to whom they were given; and such ought to attend to them, and, seriously weigh and consider the importance of them. The phrase is to be met with in Jewish writings, where it is thus expressed F8;

``"He that hears let him hear, and he that understandeth let him understand";''

See ( Matthew 13:43 ) .


F8 Zohar in Num. fol. 60. 3.

Matthew 11:15 In-Context

13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.
14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
15 Whoever has ears, let them hear.
16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
17 “ ‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

Cross References 1

  • 1. Matthew 13:9,43; Mark 4:23; Luke 14:35; S Revelation 2:7
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