Messengers from John the Baptist1 When 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 3 and said to him, “Are you e the one who is to come, or shall we f look for another?” 4 And 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 13are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and i the poor have good news preached to them. 6 And blessed is the one who j is not offended by me.” 7 As 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? 8 What 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 kings’ houses. 9 What 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. 10 This is he of whom it is written, p “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.’
11 Truly, 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 violentlyand the violent take it by force. 13 s For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, 14 and 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 hearlet him hear. 16 “But 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.’
18 For John came w neither eating x nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The 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 Cities20 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. 23 And 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 Rest25 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; 26 yes, Father, for such was your ar gracious will. ▼
▼ Or for so it pleased you well27 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. 29 Take 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. 30 For bc my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
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