Matthew 11
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John the Baptist Doubts

1When Jesus had finished giving instructions to his twelve disciples, he moved on from there to teach and preach in their towns.a 2Now when John heard in prison what the Christ was doing, he sent a message through his disciplesa 3and asked him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else? ”a

4Jesus replied to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, those with leprosyA are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news,a 6and blessed is the one who isn’t offended by me.”a

7As these men were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the wind?a 8What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothes? See, those who wear soft clothes are in royal palaces. 9What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.a 10This is the one about whom it is written:

See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;

he will prepare your way before you.a b

11“Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared,A but the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been suffering violence,A and the violent have been seizing it by force. 13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14And if you’re willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who is to come.a 15Let anyone who has earsA listen.a

An Unresponsive Generation

16“To what should I compare this generation? It’s like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to other children:

17We played the flute for you,

but you didn’t dance;

we sang a lament,

but you didn’t mourn!A

18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon! ’a 19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard,a a friend of tax collectors and sinners! ’b Yet wisdom is vindicatedA by her deeds.”B

20Then he proceeded to denounce the towns where most of his miracles were done, because they did not repent: 21“Woe to you, Chorazin!a Woe to you, Bethsaida!b For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon,c they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago. 22But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgmenta than for you. 23And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will go down to Hades.a For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until today. 24But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

The Son Gives Knowledge and Rest

25At that time Jesus said,a “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants.b 26Yes, Father, because this was your good pleasure.A 27All things have been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son desiresA to reveal him.a

28“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.a 29Take up my yoke and learn from me,a because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.b 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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