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Matthew 11 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Jesus and John the Baptist

(Luk 7:18–35 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:1 - After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:2 - When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:3 - to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:4 - Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:5 - The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[fn] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:6 - Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:7 - As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:8 - If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:9 - Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:10 - This is the one about whom it is written: “ ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:11 - Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever 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 been subjected to violence,[fn] and violent people have been raiding it.
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 the Elijah who was to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:15 - Whoever has ears, let them hear.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:16 - “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:17 - “ ‘We played the pipe 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, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

Woe on Unrepentant Towns

(Gen 19:12–14; Luk 10:13–15 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:20 - Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:21 - “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed 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 for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:23 - And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.[fn] For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:24 - But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

The Father Revealed in the Son

(Luk 10:21, 22 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:25 - At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:26 - Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:27 - “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 11:28 - “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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 humble 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.”
NIV Footnotes
Greek in their towns
The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
Mal. 3:1
Or been forcefully advancing
That is, the realm of the dead

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