A Question From John The Baptist
1 And it was when Jesus finished ordering his twelve disciples, he went away from thence to teach and proclaim in all their cities. 2 And John having heard in prison the works of Christ, having sent two of his disciples, 3 He said to him, Art thou he coming, or should we look for another?
4 And Jesus having answered said to them, Having gone, announce to John what ye hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, and the lame walk, the leprous are cleansed, and the deaf bear, the dead are roused, and the poor have good news announced. 6 And happy is he who shall not give cause of offence in me.
7 And these going forth, Jesus began to say to the crowds concerning John, What went ye forth into the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 But what went ye out to see? A man clad in soft garments? but they having soft things are in king's houses. 9 But what went ye out to see? A prophet? yes, I say to you, and more eminent than a prophet. 10 For this is he for whom it was Written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.
11 Verily I say to you, in the begotten of women has there not risen a greater than John the Immerser; but the less in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Immerser till now the kingdom of the heavens is achieved by force, and they committing violence seize it eagerly. 13 For all the prophets, And the law prophesied till John. 14 And if ye will receive, this is Elias he about to come. 15 He having ears to hear, let him hear.
16 To what shall I liken this generation I it is like little boys sitting in market-places, and calling to their companions,
17 And saying, We played the flute to you, and ye moved not; we lamented to you and ye lamented not.
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has an evil spirit. 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man a glutton, and wine drinker, a friend of publicans and sinful; and wisdom has been justified from her children.
20 And the men, having approached to him, said, John the Immerser has sent us to thee, saying, Art thou he coming? or should we expect another?
21 And in that same hour he cured many of diseases, and scourges, and evil spirits, and to many blind he conferred the favor to see. 22 And Jesus having answered said to them, Having gone, announce to John what ye saw and heard; for the blind look up, the lame walk, the leprous are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor are announced good news. 23 And happy is he, whoever should not be offended in me. 24 And the messengers of John having departed, he began to say to the crowds concerning John, What went ye forth into the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 But what went ye out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, those in glorious clothing, and being in luxury, are in royal abodes. 26 But what went ye out to see? A prophet? Yea, I say to you, superior to a prophet. 27 This is he of whom it has been written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.
28 For I say to you, Among the begotten of women none is a greater prophet than John the Immerser; and the less in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
29 And all the people having heard, and the publicans, justified God, having been immersed with the immersion of John. 30 And the Pharisees, and they pertaining to the law, rejected the counsel of God against themselves, not immersed by him.
31 And the Lord said, To whom shall I liken the men of this generation? and to whom are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the market-place, and calling to one another, and saying, We played the flute to you, and ye danced not; we lamented to you, and ye wept not.
33 For John the Immerser came, neither eating bread, nor drinking wine, and ye say, He has a demon. 34 The Son of man came eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a man, a glutton, and wine-drinker, a friend of publicans and sinful. 35 And wisdom was justified of all her children.