Bible: Matthew 11:2-19

Jesus and John the Baptist

11:2 Now when John 1  heard in prison about the deeds Christ 2  had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question: 3  11:3 Are you the one who is to come, 4  or should we look for another? 11:4 Jesus answered them, 5 Go tell John what you hear and see: 6  11:5 The blind see, the 7  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 8  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 9  to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 10  11:8 What 11  did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? 12  Look, those who wear fancy clothes are in the homes of kings! 13  11:9 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more 14  than a prophet. 11:10 This is the one about whom it is written:

Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 15 

who will prepare your way before you. 16 

11:11I tell you the truth, 17  among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least 18  in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. 11:12 From 19  the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it. 20  11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared. 21  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! 22 

11:16To 23  what should I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to one another, 24 

11:17We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; 25 

we wailed in mourning, 26  yet you did not weep.’

11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 27  11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him, 28  a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors 29  and sinners!’ 30  But wisdom is vindicated 31  by her deeds.” 32 

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