Messengers from John the Baptist

Matthew 11

1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to a teach and to preach in their cities.

2 b And when John had heard c in prison about the works of Christ, he 1 sent two of his disciples 3 and said to Him, "Are You d the Coming One, or do we look for another?" 4 Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 e "The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and f the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 "And blessed is he who is not g offended because of Me."

7 h As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? i A reed shaken by the wind? 8 "But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 9 "But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, j and more than a prophet.

10 "For this is he of whom it is written:
k 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.' 2

11 "Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 l "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 m "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 "And if you are willing to receive it, he is n Elijah who is to come. 15 o "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

16 p "But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions,

17 "and saying:
'We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
We mourned to you,
And you did not 3 lament.'

18 "For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' 19 "The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a 4 winebibber, q a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' r But wisdom is justified by her 5 children."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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