Bible: Luke 7:18-35

Jesus and John the Baptist

7:18 John’s 1  disciples informed him about all these things. So 2  John called 3  two of his disciples 7:19 and sent them to Jesus 4  to ask, 5  “Are you the one who is to come, 6  or should we look for another? 7:20 When 7  the men came to Jesus, 8  they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 9  ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’ 10  7:21 At that very time 11  Jesus 12  cured many people of diseases, sicknesses, 13  and evil spirits, and granted 14  sight to many who were blind. 7:22 So 15  he answered them, 16 Go tell 17  John what you have seen and heard: 18  The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the 19  deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 7:23 Blessed is anyone 20  who takes no offense at me.”

7:24 When 21  John’s messengers had gone, Jesus 22  began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness 23  to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 24  7:25 What 25  did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy 26  clothes? 27  Look, those who wear fancy clothes and live in luxury 28  are in kings’ courts! 29  7:26 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 30  than a prophet. 7:27 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 31  who will prepare your way before you.’ 32  7:28 I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater 33  than John. 34  Yet the one who is least 35  in the kingdom of God 36  is greater than he is.” 7:29 (Now 37  all the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, 38  acknowledged 39  God’s justice, because they had been baptized 40  with John’s baptism. 7:30 However, the Pharisees 41  and the experts in religious law 42  rejected God’s purpose 43  for themselves, because they had not been baptized 44  by John. 45 ) 46 

7:31To what then should I compare the people 47  of this generation, and what are they like? 7:32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, 48 

‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 49 

we wailed in mourning, 50  yet you did not weep.’

7:33 For John the Baptist has come 51  eating no bread and drinking no wine, 52  and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 53  7:34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him, 54  a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 55  7:35 But wisdom is vindicated 56  by all her children.” 57 

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