"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Matthew 11:28


In the Greek, the word weary is the word kopiao (kop-ee-ah'-omeaning, to feel fatigue; by implication, to work hard:--(bestow) labour, toil, be wearied. The word burdened is the word phortizo (for-tid'-zo) meaning to load up, to overburden with ceremony (or spiritual anxiety).

Rest in this verse is anapano (an-ap-ow'-o), which means to repose, to refresh, take ease, refresh, rest. It's from the word pauo (pow'-o) meaning to stop, i.e. restrain, quit, desist, come to an end:--cease, leave, refrain.

Do you feel weary or burdened today? Perhaps there is something you need to cease doing, to leave behind? Or something you're carrying that you need to release?

You can lay those things down at Jesus' feet. You can trust Him in your circumstance. And you can trust Him to give you rest.



*Strong, James, LL.D., S.T.D., The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Red Letter Edition (Expanded With the Best of Vine’s Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words) (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010).