Matthew 11:28 (AV)
Come¹ unto² Me,
all ye³ that labour⁴ and are heavy laden⁵,
and I will give you rest⁶.
¹) Come here, or come now
²) Towards, or near
³) Not in older manuscripts
⁴) Grow weary, tired, exhausted (with toil or burdens or grief), or to labor with wearisome effort, to toil (also of bodily labour)
⁵) To place a burden upon, to load. Metaphorically: to load one with a burden (of rites and unwarranted precepts)
⁶) Rest from weariness
From other translations:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] [AMP] Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [ESV] Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. [MSB] Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [KJV] Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. [NASB] Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. [NIV] Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. [NLT] Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [NKJV]
Now let us see what this verse is telling us.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Words that are most welcome in this weary, groaning world!
Come unto me.
This is one of the sweetest passages in the New Testament. It shows the willingness of the Lord.
The kings of the earth and the great ones, are usually difficult of access, while Jesus is not only willing, but invites us, to come to him. Note how gracious is the invitation!
- It is the Lord who speaks.
- He invites to come to him.
- The invitation is to those who labor and are heavy laden.
He promises, to all these weary ones who come, rest.
The offer is not that of a man, but of the Divine Savior. Millions in all ages since can bear witness that the promise is sure.
A gentle and sweet invitation is here in the words “unto me” (Hither to Me)
All ye that labour and are heavy laden
In the words, “all ye that labour and are heavy laden” (All ye that toil and are burdened), the universal wretchedness of man is depicted, on both its sides: the active and the passive forms of it.
Labor and are heavy laden.
Feel heavily the burdens of life, of sin and sorrow.
Peace of soul.
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