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Come Follow Me 2023: Matthew 11–12; Luke 11

Matthew 11–12; Luke 11

March 13–19
“I Will Give You Rest”

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Explore Joseph Smith's inspired translation of the bible by comparing his changes to the King James Version of the New Testament. To learn more, see Joseph Smith's Translation of the Bible: The Joseph Smith Translation and the King James Translation in Parallel Columns.

Matthew 11 JST Variants

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(3) And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

(3) And said unto him, Art thou he of whom it is written in the prophets that should come, or do we look for another?

(4) Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

(4) Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and tell John again of those things which ye do hear and see:

(5) The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

(5) How the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, and the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead… preached unto them.

(6) And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

(6) And blessed is John and whosoever shall not be offended in me.

(7) And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

(7) And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? Was it a reed shaken with the wind? And they answered him, No.

(8) But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.

(8) And he said, But what went ye out for to see? Was it a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft raiment are in kings’ houses.

(10) For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

(10) For this is the one of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

(12) And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

(12) And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. But the days will come when the violent shall have no power.

(13) For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

(13) For all the prophets and the law prophesied thus until John, yea, as many as have prophesied have foretold of these days.

(14) And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

(14) And if ye will receive it, verily he was the Elias who was for to come and prepare all things.

(17) And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

(17) And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced. We have mourned for you and ye have not lamented.

(19) The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

(19) The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say,Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But I say unto you, wisdom is justified of her children.

(21) Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

(21) Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long since in sackcloth and ashes.

(25) At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

(25) And at that time there came a voice out of heaven, and Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

(27) All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

(27) All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son and he to whom the Son will reveal himself. They shall see the Father also.

(28) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

(28) Then spake Jesus, saying, Come unto me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 12 JST Variants

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(2) But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.

(2) But when the Pharisees saw them they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.

(4) How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

(4) How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them that were with him, but only for the priests?

(5) Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

(5) Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and ye say they are blameless?

(8) For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

(8) For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath. day

(9) And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:

(9) And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogues.

(10) And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

(10) And, behold, there was a man which had a withered hand. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

(13) Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

(13) Then said he to the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole,  like unto the other.

(15) But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;

(15) But Jesus knew when they took counsel, and he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed their sick;

(17) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

(17) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet Esaias, saying,

(20) A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

(20) A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgement into victory.

(23) And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

(23) And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the Son of David?

(24) But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

(24) But when the Pharisees heard that he had cast out the devil, they said, This man doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

(26) And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

(26) And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then shall his kingdom stand?

(27) And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

(27) And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast out devils? Therefore they shall be your judges.

(28) But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

(28) But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you, for they also cast out devils by the Spirit of God. For unto them is given power over devils that they may cast them out.

(31) Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

(31) Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men who receive me and repent, but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven unto men.

(34) O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

(34) And Jesus said, O ye generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

(36) But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

(36) And again I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

(41) The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

(41) The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas. And ye behold a greater than Jonas is here.

(42) The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

(42) The queen of the south shall rise up in the day of judgement with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And ye behold a greater than Solomon is here.

(43) When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

(43) Then came some of the scribes and said unto him, Master, it is written that every sin shall be forgiven. But ye say, Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven. And they asked him, saying, How can these things be?

And he said unto them, When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

(44) Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

(44) But when a man speaketh against the Holy Ghost, then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth him empty, swept, and garnished, for the good spirit leaveth him unto himself.

(45) Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

(45) Then goeth the evil spirit and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last end of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

(46) While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.

(46) While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.

(48) But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

(48) But he answered and said unto the man that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

(50) For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

(50) And he gave them charge concerning her, saying, I go my way, for my Father hath sent me. And whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Luke 11 JST Variants

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(1) And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

(1) And it came to pass that as Jesus was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

(2) And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

(2) And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

(4) And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

(4) And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And let us not be led unto temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and power. Amen. And he said unto them, Your Heavenly Father will not fail to give unto you whatsoever ye ask of him.

(5) And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

(5) And he spake a parable, saying, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

(6) For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

(6) For a friend of mine has come to me in his journey and I have nothing to set before him?

(7) And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

(7) And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed and I cannot rise and give thee.

(10) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

(10) For everyone who asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

(11) If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

(11) If a son shall ask bread of any of you who is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

(13) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

(13) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give good gifts through the Holy Spirit to them who ask him?

(14) And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.

(14) And he was casting a devil out of a man, and he was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.

(16) And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

(16) And others tempting him sought of him a sign from heaven.

(17) But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

(17) But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided cannot stand but falleth.

(18) If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

(18) If Satan also be divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

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(19) …sons cast out devils? Therefore…

(20) But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

(20) But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God has come upon you.

(22) But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

(22) But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his goods.

(23) He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

(23) He that is not with me is against me: and he who gathereth not with me scattereth.

(24) When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.

(24) When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, it saith, I will return into mine house whence I came out.

(25) And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.

(25) And when it cometh it findeth the house swept and garnished.

(26) Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

(26) Then goeth the evil spirit and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last end of the man is worse than the first.

(27) And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.

(27) And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb which bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.

(28) But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

(28) And he said, Yea, and blessed are all they who hear the word of God, and keep it.

(29) And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

(29) And When the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given them but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

(31) The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

(31) The queen of the south shall rise up in the day of judgement with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

(32) The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

(32) The men of Nineveh shall rise up in the day of judgement with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

(33) No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.

(33) No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they who come in may see the light.

(36) If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

(36) If thy whole body therefore is full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle lighteth a room and doth give thee light in all the room.

(38) And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.

(38) And when the Pharisee saw him he marveled that he had not first washed before dinner.

(39) And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.

(39) And the Lord said unto him, Now do you Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.

(40) Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?

(40) O fools, did not he who made that which is without make that which is within also?

(41) But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

(41) But if ye would rather give alms of such things as ye have and observe to do all things which I have commanded you, then would your inward parts be clean also.

(42) But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

(42) But I say unto you, Woe be unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

(43) Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.

(43) Woe unto you, Pharisees! For you love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.

(44) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.

(44) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are as graves which appear not, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them.

(46) And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

(46) And he said, Woe unto you lawyers also! For ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

(47) Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.

(47) Woe unto you! For you build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.

(51) From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

(51) From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias who perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

(52) Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

(52) Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge, the fullness of scriptures. Ye enter not in yourselves into the kingdom, and them who were entering in ye hindered.

(53) And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:

(53) And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be angry and to urge him vehemently, endeavoring to provoke him to speak of many things:

 

Reading Resources

Matthew 11

Lynne Hilton Wilson, "Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7, 11," Come Follow Me: The New Testament, 2019.

David A. Bednar, “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease,” Ensign, May 2014, 90.

Hoyt W. Brewster, Jr., “Ordination to the Priesthood,” in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow (New York, N.Y.: Macmillan, 1992).

L. Whitney Clayton, “That Your Burdens May Be Light,” Ensign, November 2009, 12–14.

Sterling C. Hilton, “His Burden Is Light,” Brigham Young University 2015–16 Speeches, online at speeches.byu.edu.

Ardeth G. Kapp, “Pray Not for Light Burdens but for Strong Backs,” BYU Devotional, April 29, 2004.

Jeff Lindsay, “The Yoke of Christ: A Light Burden Heavy with Meaning,” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 18 (2016): 171–217.

Matthew 12

Lynne Hilton Wilson, "Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7, 11," Come Follow Me: The New Testament, 2019.

President Russell M. Nelson, “The Sabbath Is a Delight,” Ensign, May 2015, 129, online at lds.org.

Joshua J. Perkey, “Grace and the Atonement of Jesus Christ,” New Era, March 2014, 6–8.

William B. Smart, “Sabbath Day,” in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow (New York, NY: Macmillan, 1992), 3:1242.

Luke 11

Lynne Hilton Wilson, "Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7, 11," Come Follow Me: The New Testament, 2019.

Prayer,” Gospel Topics, lds.org

Sue Bergin. “Lord’s Prayer,” Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Edited Daniel H. Ludlow. Macmillian Library Reference, 1992.

David L. Clark, “If I Pray Not Amiss,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 30 (2018): 63–76.

John W. Welch, “The Lord’s Prayers,” Ensign, January 1976.