Matthew 11

Messengers from John the Baptist

1When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.

2 a  Now when John heard b  in prison about the deeds of c  the Christ, he sent word by d  his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you e  the one who is to come, or shall we f  look for another?” 4And Jesus answered them, Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5 g  the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers
Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and i  the poor have good news preached to them.
6And blessed is the one who j  is not offended by me.”

7As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: What did you go out k  into the wilderness to see? l  A reed shaken by the wind? 8What then did you go out to see? A man
Or Why then did you go out? To see a man . . .
dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kingshouses.
9What then did you go out to see? n  A prophet?
Some manuscripts Why then did you go out? To see a prophet?
Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
10This is he of whom it is written,

p  “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.’

11Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 q  From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence
Or  has been coming violently
and the violent take it by force.
13 s  For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, 14and if you are willing to accept it, he is t  Elijah who is to come. 15 u  He who has ears to hear
Some manuscripts omit  to hear
let him hear.

16But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,

17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

18For John came w  neither eating x  nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19The Son of Man came y  eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, z  a friend of aa  tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
Some manuscripts children (compare Luke 7:35)

Woe to Unrepentant Cities

20 ac  Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. 21 ad  Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in ae  Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 af  But I tell you, it will be more bearable on ag  the day of judgment for ah  Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23And you ai  Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to aj  Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 ak  But I tell you that al  it will be more tolerable on am  the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest

25 an  At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father ao  Lord of heaven and earth, that ap  you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and aq  revealed them to little children; 26yes, Father, for such was your ar  gracious will.
Or  for so it pleased you well
27 at  All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son au  except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone av  to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 aw  Come to ax  me, all who labor and are ay  heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and az  learn from me, for I am ba  gentle and lowly in heart, and bb  you will find rest for your souls. 30For bc  my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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