1 And it came to pass, when Jesus finished teaching His twelve disciples, He departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. 2 And John hearing in the prison the works of Christ, sending two of his disciples, 3 said to Him, Art thou He who is coming, or must we expect another?
4 Jesus responding said to them, Having gone, proclaim unto John the things which you hear and see. 5 The blind are looking up, and the lame are walking about, the lepers are being cleansed, and the deaf are hearing, the dead are being raised, and the poor are having the gospel preached unto them: 6 and blessed is he, whosoever may not be offended in me.
7 And they departing, Jesus began to speak to the multitudes concerning John, What went you out in the wilderness to see? a reed shaken by the wind? 8 But what went you out to see? a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold those wearing soft raiment are in the houses of the kings. 9 But what went you out to see? a prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet: 10 for this is he, concerning whom it has been written, Behold, I send my messenger before my face, who will prepare thy way before thee.
11 Truly I say unto you, Among those having been born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist: nevertheless the least in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of the heavens suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied till John. 14 And if you wish to receive it, he is Elijah, who is to come. 15 Let the one having ears to hear, hear.
16 But to whom shall I liken this generation? It is like little children sitting in the market-place, and calling to their comrades, and saying,
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, Behold, a gluttonous and wine-drinking man, a friend of publicans and sinners. Wisdom is truly justified by her children.
20 Then He began to upbraid the cities in which the most mighty works of His were performed, because they did not repent. 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! because if the mighty works which were wrought in you had been in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 Moreover I say unto you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, art thou not exalted up to heaven? thou shall be cast down to Hades: because if the mighty works which were wrought in thee had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 Moreover I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
25 At that time Jesus responding said, I praise thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, because thou hast hidden these things from the wise and the prudent, and reveal them unto babes. 26 Yea, Father, because it was so well pleasing in thy sight. 27 All things were delivered unto me by my Father: and no one perfectly knows the Son, except the Father; neither does any one perfectly know the Father, except the Son; and he to whom the Son may wish to reveal Him.