Matthew 11:16-19

16 "But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
17 "We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, 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, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds."

Matthew 11:16-19 In-Context

14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.
15 Let anyone with ears listen!
16 "But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
17 "We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, 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, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds."
20 Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent.
21 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Other ancient authorities read [children]