and if you are willing to accept [it],a 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."b
Then he began to reproach the towns in which the majority of his miracles had been done, because they did not repent:
"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
Nevertheless I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and for Sidon on the day of judgment than for you!
And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until today.
Nevertheless I tell you that it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you!"