Matthew 19:11

11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.

Read Matthew 19:11 Using Other Translations

But he said unto them,All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
But he said to them, "Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given.
“Not everyone can accept this statement,” Jesus said. “Only those whom God helps.

What does Matthew 19:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 19:11

But he said unto them
With respect to the inference or conclusion, the disciples formed from what he had asserted:

all men cannot receive this saying;
of their's, that it is not good to marry, but it is more proper and expedient to live a single life! every man, as the Syriac version renders it, is not (hl qpo) , "sufficient", or "fit", for this thing; everyone has not the gift of continency, and indeed very few; and therefore it is expedient for such to marry; for what the disciples said, though it might be true in part, yet not in the whole; and though the saying might be proper and pertinent enough to some persons, yet not to all, and indeed to none,

save they to whom it is given;
to receive such a saying, to live unmarried with content, having the gift of chastity; for this is not of nature, but of grace: it is the gift of God.

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