John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus
(Luke 7:18–35)
1Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.
2And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he 11:2 NU sent by hissent two of his disciples
3and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
4Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:
5The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
6And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
7As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
8But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.
9But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
10For this is he of whom it is written:
‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’
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.
12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.
15He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
16“But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions,
17and saying:
‘We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
We mourned to you,
And you did not 11:17 Lit. beat your breastlament.’
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, ‘Look, a glutton and a 11:19 wine drinkerwinebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her 11:19 NU workschildren.”
Woe to the Impenitent Cities
(Gen. 19:12–14; Luke 10:13–15)
20Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:
21“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
23And you, Capernaum, who11:23 NU will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”
Jesus Gives True Rest
(Luke 10:21, 22)
25At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
26Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.
27All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
28Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am 11:29 meekgentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”