Matthew 11:20-24

Woe on Unrepentant Towns

20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.
21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.[a] For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.
24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

Matthew 11:20 in Other Translations

KJV
20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
ESV
20 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.
NLT
20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God.
MSG
20 Next Jesus let fly on the cities where he had worked the hardest but whose people had responded the least, shrugging their shoulders and going their own way.
CSB
20 Then He proceeded to denounce the towns where most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent:

Matthew 11:20-24 In-Context

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, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”
20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.
21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.
24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

Cross References 7

  • 1. Mark 6:45; Mark 8:22; Luke 9:10; John 1:44; John 12:21
  • 2. Joel 3:4; Amos 1:9; Matthew 15:21; Mark 3:8; Luke 6:17; Acts 12:20
  • 3. John 3:5-9
  • 4. ver 24; Matthew 10:15
  • 5. S Matthew 4:13
  • 6. Isaiah 14:13-15
  • 7. S Matthew 10:15

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. That is, the realm of the dead
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