And it happened that when Jesus had finished giving orders to his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and to preach in their towns.
Now [when]a Johnb heard in prison the deeds of Christ, he sent [word]c by his disciples
[and]d said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"
And Jesus answered [and]e said to them, "Go [and]f tell John what you hear and see:
the blind receive sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised, and the poor have good news announced to [them].g6
And whoever is not offended by me is blessed."
Now [as]h these were going 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?
But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in the houses of kings.
But why did you go out? To see a prophet?i 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.'11
Truly I say to you, among [those] born of women there has not arisen [one] greater than John the Baptist. But the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
But from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven is treated violently, and the violent claimj it.
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John,
and if you are willing to accept [it],k he is Elijah, the one who is going to come.
The one who has ears, let him hear!
"But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to one another,
saying, 'We played the flute for you and you did not dance; we sang a lament and you did not mourn.'
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon!'
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold, a man [who is] a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But wisdom is vindicated by her deeds."l