Matthew 11:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 11:24, NIV: But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.'

Matthew 11:24, ESV: But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

Matthew 11:24, KJV: But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

Matthew 11:24, NASB: Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment, than for you.'

Matthew 11:24, NLT: I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you.'

Matthew 11:24, CSB: But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."

What does Matthew 11:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This echoes what Christ said about Chorazin and Bethsaida in verse 22. God's judgment against the utterly wicked town of Sodom will be more bearable than His judgment against the people of the Jewish town of Capernaum, where Jesus was based during much of His ministry on earth.

This declaration implies several important things. First, the people of the land of Sodom—meaning the city and the area around it—will experience the day of God's judgment, despite already having been completely wiped off the face of the earth (Genesis 19:23–25). Scripture implies a clear distinction between the end of one's earthly life and the ultimate judgment of God.

Second, as in verse 22, Jesus is declaring judgment for Israelites, members of God's chosen nation Israel. This contradicts what many Jewish people of the time seem to have believed. The prevailing thought may have been that merely being an Israelite who followed the Law would spare them from judgment (Matthew 3:9). In contrast, Jesus points to repentance from sin and belief in Him as the Messiah as the difference between salvation and damnation (John 3:36).

Third, also as in verse 22, this verse lends weight to the idea that God's judgment carries differing levels of "bearability." Scripture give no details about this—and any eternal judgment is a horrible thing—yet there does seem to be a sense in which greater sins merit greater punishment.