Matthew 11
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John’s Questions

1When Jesus had finished [a]giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He went on from there to teach and [b]preach in their cities.

2Now while in prison, John heard about the works of Christ, and he sent word by his disciples, 3and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or are we to [c]look for someone else?” 4Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5those who are BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and those who limp walk, those with leprosy are cleansed and those who are deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the POOR HAVE THE [d]GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. 6And blessed is [e]any person who does not [f]take offense at Me.”

Jesus’ Tribute to John

7As these disciples of John were going away, Jesus began speaking to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8[g]But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ [h]palaces! 9[i]But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet. 10This is the one about whom it [j]is written:


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 least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has been treated violently, and violent men 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 Elijah who [l]was to come. 15The one who has ears to hear, [m]let him hear.

16“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call out to the other children, 17and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a song of mourning, and you did not [n]mourn.’ 18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a [o]heavy drinker, a friend of tax collectors and [p]sinners!’ And yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

The Unrepenting Cities

20Then He began to reprimand the cities in which most of His [q]miracles were done, because they did not repent. 21“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the [r]miracles that occurred in you had occurred in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in [s]sackcloth and ashes. 22Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be brought down to Hades! For if the [t]miracles that occurred in you had occurred in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment, than for you.”

Come to Me

25[u]At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and have revealed them to infants. 26Yes, Father, for this way was well pleasing in Your sight. 27All 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 except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son determines to reveal Him.

28“Come to Me, all [v]who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND [w]REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30For My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light.”

[a] 1 Or commanding
[b] 1 Or proclaim
[c] 3 Or wait for
[d] 5 Or good news
[e] 6 Lit whoever
[f] 6 Or stumble over Me
[g] 8 Or Well then,
[h] 8 Lit houses
[i] 9 Or Well then,
[j] 10 Lit has been written
[k] 10 Lit before Your face
[l] 14 Or is going to come
[m] 15 Or hear! Or listen!
[n] 17 Lit beat the breast
[o] 19 Or wine drinker
[p] 19 I.e., irreligious Jews
[q] 20 Or works of power
[r] 21 Or works of power
[s] 21 I.e., symbols of mourning
[t] 23 Or works of power
[u] 25 Or On that occasion
[v] 28 Or who work to exhaustion
[w] 29 Or a resting place

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