and sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?"
When the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?' "
Jesus a had just then cured many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind.
And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers b are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them.
And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me."
When John's messengers had gone, Jesus c began to speak to the crowds about John: d "What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?
What then did you go out to see? Someone e dressed in soft robes? Look, those who put on fine clothing and live in luxury are in royal palaces.
What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
This is the one about whom it is written, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'
I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."
(And all the people who heard this, including the tax collectors, acknowledged the justice of God, f because they had been baptized with John's baptism.
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