And his disciples reported to John about all these [things]. And summoning a certain two of his disciples, John
sent [them]a to the Lord,b saying, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"
And [when]c the men came to him, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you, saying, 'Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?'"
In that hour he healed many [people] of diseases and suffering and evil spirits, and he granted sight to many blind [people].
And he answered [and]d said to them, "Go [and]e tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear;f the dead are raised, the poor have good news announced to [them].g23
And whoever is not offended by me is blessed."
And [when]h the messengers of John had departed, he began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are in splendid clothing and luxury are in the royal palaces.
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and even more than a prophet!
It is this man about whom it is written: 'Behold, I am sending my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'28
I tell you, there is no one greater among [those] born of women than John, but the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
(And all the people, [when they]i heard [this]j--even the tax collectors--affirmed the righteousness of God, [because they]k had been baptized [with] the baptism of John,
but the Pharisees and the legal experts rejected the purpose of God for themselves, [because they]l had not been baptized by him.)
"To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like?
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, who say, 'We played the flute for you and you did not dance; we sang a lament and you did not weep.'
For John the Baptist has come not eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon!'
The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Behold, a man [who is] a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'
And wisdom is vindicated by all her children."