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Matthew 9:37 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest indeed is plenteous, but the laborers are few.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the labourers [are] few;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Then He *said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Then saith he to his disciples, The harvest truly [is] plentiful, but the laborers [are] few.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Then saith he to his disciples, The harvest [is] great and the workmen [are] few;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then, saith he unto his disciples, The harvest, indeed, is great, but, the labourers, few;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— then saith he to his disciples, 'The harvest indeed [is] abundant, but the workmen few;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Then he saith to his disciples, The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Then saith he vnto his disciples, The haruest truely is plenteous, but the labourers are few.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— and said to his disciples, The harvest is great, and the labourers few.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And he said to his disciples, The harvest is great, and the laborers few.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Then 5119
{5119} Prime
τότε
tote
{tot'-eh}
From (the neuter of) G3588 and G3753; the when, that is, at the time that (of the past or future, also in consecution).
saith 3004
{3004} Prime
λέγω
lego
{leg'-o}
A primary verb; properly to 'lay' forth, that is, (figuratively) relate (in words [usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue]); by implication to mean.
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
he unto his y846
[0846] Standard
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
x848
(0848) Complement
αὑτοῦ
hautou
{how-too'}
Contraction for G1438; self (in some oblique case or reflexive relation).
disciples, 3101
{3101} Prime
μαθητής
mathetes
{math-ay-tes'}
From G3129; a learner, that is, pupil.
The x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
harvest 2326
{2326} Prime
θερισμός
therismos
{ther-is-mos'}
From G2325; reaping, that is, the crop.
truly 3303
{3303} Prime
μέν
men
{men}
A primary particle; properly indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with G1161 (this one, the former, etc.
[is] plenteous, 4183
{4183} Prime
πολύς
polus
{pol-oos'}
Including the forms from the alternate 'pollos'; (singular) much (in any respect) or (plural) many; neuter (singular) as adverb largely; neuter (plural) as adverb or noun often, mostly, largely.
but 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
labourers 2040
{2040} Prime
ἐργάτης
ergates
{er-gat'-ace}
From G2041; a toiler; figuratively a teacher.
[are] few; 3641
{3641} Prime
ὀλίγος
oligos
{ol-ee'-gos}
Of uncertain affinity; puny (in extent, degree, number, duration or value); especially neuter (adverbially) somewhat.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Matthew 9:37

_ _ Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous — His eye doubtless rested immediately on the Jewish field, but this he saw widening into the vast field of “the world” (Matthew 13:38), teeming with souls having to be gathered to Him.

_ _ but the labourers — men divinely qualified and called to gather them in — “are few.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Matthew 9:35-38.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Matthew 9:37

The harvest truly is great — When Christ came into the world, it was properly the time of harvest; till then it was the seed time only. But the labourers are few — Those whom God sends; who are holy, and convert sinners. Of others there are many. Luke 10:2.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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The harvest:

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly [is] great, but the labourers [are] few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
John 4:35-36 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and [then] cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. ... And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
Acts 16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
Acts 18:10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

but:

Psalms 68:11 The Lord gave the word: great [was] the company of those that published [it].
1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.
2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, [as] workers together [with him], beseech [you] also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
Philippians 2:19-21 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. ... For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
Colossians 4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only [are my] fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; ... And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. [And] be at peace among yourselves.
1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
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Ps 68:11. Mt 28:19. Mk 16:15. Lk 10:2; 24:47. Jn 4:35. Ac 16:9; 18:10. 1Co 3:9. 2Co 6:1. Php 2:19. Col 4:11. 1Th 5:12. 1Ti 5:17.

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