Matthew 11

In Praise of John the Baptist

1 When Jesus had finished giving orders to His 12 disciples, He moved on from there to teach and preach in their towns. a 2When John heard in prison what the
Messiah: Or the Christ; the Greek word Christos means "the anointed one".
Messiah was doing, he sent a message by his disciples c
3and asked Him, “Are You the One who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” d

4 Jesus replied to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5the blind see, the lame walk, those with skin diseases are healed,
Lit cleansed
the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news. f
6 And if anyone is not
cause the downfall of/ causes to sin: The Greek word skandalizo has a root meaning of "snare" or "trap," but has no real English counterpart.
offended because of Me, he is blessed.” h

7As these men went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the wind? i 8 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothes? Look, those who wear soft clothes are in kings’ palaces. 9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet. j 10 This is the one it is written about:

Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You;
Lit messenger before Your face

he will prepare Your way before You. l , m

I assure you: This is a phrase used only by Jesus to testify to the certainty and importance of His words; in Mt, Mk and Lk it is literally Amen, I say to you, and in Jn it is literally Amen, amen, I say to you.
I assure you: Among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared,
Lit arisen
but the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been suffering violence,
Or has been forcefully advancing
and the violent have been seizing it by force.
13 For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John; 14 if you’re willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who is to come. q 15 Anyone who has ears
Other mss add to hear
should listen! s

An Unresponsive Generation

16“To what should I compare this generation? It’s like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to each other:

17We played the flute for you,
but you didn’t dance;
we sang a lament,
but you didn’t mourn!
Or beat your breasts

18 For John did not come eating or drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ u 19 The
Son of Man: The most frequent title Jesus used for Himself; Dn 7:13
Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, w a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ x Yet wisdom is vindicated
Or declared right
by her deeds.
Other mss read children

20 Then He proceeded to denounce the towns where most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! aa Woe to you, Bethsaida! ab For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, ac they would have repented in
sackcloth: Garment made of poor quality material and worn as a sign of grief and mourning
sackcloth and ashes long ago!
22 But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment ae than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to
Hades: The Greek word for the place of the dead; it corresponds to the Hebrew word Sheol.
Hades. ag For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until today.
24 But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

The Son Gives Knowledge and Rest

25 At that time Jesus said, ah “I praise
Or thank
You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to infants. aj
26 Yes, Father, because this was Your good pleasure.
Lit was well-pleasing in Your sight
27 All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows
Or knows exactly
the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son desires
Or wills, or chooses
to reveal Him. an

28 “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ao 29All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, ap because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. aq 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
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