Bible: Matthew 11

11:1 When 1  Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns.

Jesus and John the Baptist

11:2 Now when John 2  heard in prison about the deeds Christ 3  had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question: 4  11:3 Are you the one who is to come, 5  or should we look for another? 11:4 Jesus answered them, 6 Go tell John what you hear and see: 7  11:5 The blind see, the 8  lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 11:6 Blessed is anyone 9  who takes no offense at me.”

11:7 While they were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness 10  to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 11  11:8 What 12  did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? 13  Look, those who wear fancy clothes are in the homes of kings! 14  11:9 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 15  than a prophet. 11:10 This is the one about whom it is written:

Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 16 

who will prepare your way before you. 17 

11:11I tell you the truth, 18  among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least 19  in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. 11:12 From 20  the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it. 21  11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared. 22  11:14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, who is to come. 11:15 The one who has ears had better listen! 23 

11:16To 24  what should I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to one another, 25 

11:17We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 26 

we wailed in mourning, 27  yet you did not weep.’

11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 28  11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him, 29  a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors 30  and sinners!’ 31  But wisdom is vindicated 32  by her deeds.” 33 

Woes on Unrepentant Cities

11:20 Then Jesus began to criticize openly the cities 34  in which he had done many of his miracles, because they did not repent. 11:21 Woe to you, Chorazin! 35  Woe to you, Bethsaida! If 36  the miracles 37  done in you had been done in Tyre 38  and Sidon, 39  they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 11:22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you! 11:23 And you, Capernaum, 40  will you be exalted to heaven? 41  No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 42  For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day. 11:24 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom 43  on the day of judgment than for you!

Jesus’ Invitation

11:25 At that time Jesus said, 44 I praise 45  you, Father, Lord 46  of heaven and earth, because 47  you have hidden these things from the wise 48  and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. 11:26 Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 49  11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. 50  No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides 51  to reveal him. 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke 52  on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”

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