Matthew 11

John’s Questions

1 a  When Jesus had finished
Or commanding
giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He departed from there c  to teach and
Or proclaim
preach in their cities.

2 e  Now when f  John
Lit in prison
while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples
3and said to Him, “Are You h  the
Lit Coming One
Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?”
4Jesus answered and said to them, Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5 j  the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the k  poor have the
Or good news
gospel preached to them.
6And blessed is he
Lit whoever
who n  does not
Or stumble over Me
take offense at Me.”

Jesus’ Tribute to John

7As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, What did you go out into p  the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8
Or Well then,
But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’
Lit houses
Or Well then,
But what did you go out to see? t  A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.
10This is the one about whom it
Lit has been written
is written,
v  Behold, I send My messenger
Lit before your face
ahead of You,

Who will prepare Your way before You.’

11Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is
Or less
least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12 y  From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven
Or is forcibly entered
suffers violence, and violent men
Or seize it for themselves
take it by force.
13For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is ab  Elijah who
Or is going to come
was to come.
15 ad  He who has ears to hear
Or hear! Or listen!
let him hear.

16But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other children, 17and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not
Lit beat the breast
18For John came neither ag  eating nor ah  drinking, and they say, ‘ ai  He has a demon!’ 19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a
Or wine-drinker
drunkard, ak  a friend of tax collectors and
I.e. irreligious Jews
sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

The Unrepenting Cities

20Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His
Or works of power
an  miracles were done, because they did not repent.
21 ao  Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, ap  Bethsaida! For if the
Or works of power
miracles had occurred in ar  Tyre and as  Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in
I.e. symbols of mourning
au  sackcloth and ashes.
22Nevertheless I say to you, av  it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in aw  the day of judgment than for you. 23“And you, ax  Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will ay  descend to az  Hades; for if the
Or works of power
miracles had occurred in bb  Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day.
24Nevertheless I say to you that bc  it will be more tolerable for the land of bd  Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.”

Come to Me

25 be  At that
Or occasion
time Jesus said, I praise You, bg  Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that bh  You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.
26Yes, bi  Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. 27 bj  All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father bk  except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

28 bl  Come to Me, all
Or who work to exhaustion
who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
29Take My yoke upon you and bn  learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and bo  you will find rest for your souls. 30“For bp  My yoke is
Or comfortable, or pleasant
easy and My burden is light.”
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