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Matthew 11 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Messengers from John the Baptist

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:1 - When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:2 - Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:3 - and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:4 - And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:5 - the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers[fn] are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:6 - And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:7 - As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:8 - What then did you go out to see? A man[fn] dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:9 - What then did you go out to see? A prophet?[fn] Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:10 - This is he of whom it is written,
“‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:11 - Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:12 - From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence,[fn] and the violent take it by force.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:13 - For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:14 - and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:15 - He who has ears to hear,[fn] let him hear.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:16 - “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:17 - “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:18 - For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:19 - The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”[fn]

Woe to Unrepentant Cities

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:20 - Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:21 - “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:22 - But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:23 - And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:24 - But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:25 - At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:26 - yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:27 - All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:28 - Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:29 - Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:30 - For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
ESV Footnotes
Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
Or Why then did you go out? To see a man . . .
Some manuscripts Why then did you go out? To see a prophet?
Or has been coming violently
Some manuscripts omit to hear
Some manuscripts children (compare Luke 7:35)
Or for so it pleased you well
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