Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1So it was that when Yeshua had finished charging his twelve disciples he moved from there to teach and to preach in their cities.
2But when Yohannan had heard in prison of the works of The Messiah, he sent by his disciples, 3And he said to him, "Are you he who comes, or is it another we expect?" 4Yeshua answered and he said to them, "Go relate to Yohannan those things that you hear and see." 5"Those who were blind see, and those who were lame walk, and lepers are being purified, and those once deaf are hearing, and those who died are rising and those who were poor are given The Good News." 6"And blessed is he who will not be suspicious of me."
7But when they departed, Yeshua began to say to the crowds about Yohannan, "What did you go out to the wilderness to see, a reed shaken by the wind?" 8"Otherwise, what did you go out to see; a man who wears a long soft robe? Behold those who wear soft things are in the house of the King." 9"Otherwise what did you go out to see? A Prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a Prophet."
10"For this is he about whom it is written: 'Behold, I am sending my messenger before your presence that he may prepare the road before you.' "
11"Amen, I say to you, that among them born of women there has not arisen a greater than Yohannan The Baptizer, but a little one in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he." 12"From the days of Yohannan The Baptizer until this hour the Kingdom of Heaven is led by force and the violent are seizing it." 13"All The Prophets and The Written Law have prophesied until Yohannan. 14And if you will, he is Elijah who was to come. 15Whoever has an ear to hear, let him hear.
16But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the street and calling their playmates, 17And saying, 'We sang to you, and you did not dance, and we cried for you, and you were not sad.' 18For Yohannan came who ate nothing and drank nothing, and they said: 'He has a demon.' 19The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, 'Behold the man is a glutton and a wine drinker, a friend of Tax Collectors and of sinners.' And wisdom is justified by its works*."
20Then Yeshua began to reproach those cities in which his many mighty works had occurred, and they did not repent. 21And he said, "Woe to you Chorazin, woe to you Bythsaida, for if those powerful works which have occurred in you had occurred in Tsur and Tsidon, they doubtless would have repented in sackcloth and in ashes. 22Yet I say to you, that for Tsur and for Tsidon it will be tranquil in the day of judgement compared to you. 23And you Kapernahum, which have been exalted unto Heaven, you will descend unto Sheol, for if the mighty works had been done in Sadom, which have been done in you, it would have remained until today. 24But I say to you, it will be tranquil for the land of Sadom in the Day of Judgment compared to you."
25At that time Yeshua answered and said, "I thank you my Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and you have revealed them to infants. 26Yes, my Father, for so it was desirable before you. 27Everything has been given up to me by my Father and no man knows The Son except The Father only; also no man knows The Father except The Son only, and he to whom The Son desires to reveal him.
28Come unto me, all of you who labor and are forced to bear burdens, and I shall give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am peaceful and meek in my heart and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is pleasant and my burden is light."