11WhenJesus had finishedagivinginstructions to His twelvedisciples, He departed from there2to teach and bpreach in their cities.
23Now when 4John, cwhileimprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples3
and said to Him, "Are You 5the dExpected One, or shall we look for someoneelse ?"
4Jesusanswered and said to them, "Go and report to Johnwhat you hear and see :56the BLINDRECEIVESIGHT and the lamewalk, the lepers are cleansed and the deafhear, the dead are raised up, and the 7POOR HAVE THE eGOSPELPREACHED TO THEM.6"And blessed is he fwho8does not gtakeoffense at Me."
As these men were going away, Jesusbegan to speak to the crowdsaboutJohn, "What did you go out into 9the wilderness to see ? A reedshaken by the wind ?8"hBut what did you go out to see ? A mandressed in soft clothing? Those who wearsoft clothing are in kings'ipalaces !9"jBut what did you go out to see ? 10A prophet ? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.10"This is the one aboutwhom it kis written,'11BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGERlAHEAD OF YOU,WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAYBEFORE YOU.'11"Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist ! Yet the one who is mleast in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.12"12From the days of John the Baptistuntilnow the kingdom of heavennsuffersviolence, and violentmenotake it by force.13"For all the prophets and the LawprophesieduntilJohn.14"And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is 13Elijah who pwas to come.15"14He who hasears to hear, qlet him hear.16"But to what shall I comparethisgeneration ? It is likechildrensitting in the marketplaces, whocall out to the other children,17and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance ; we sang a dirge, and you did not rmourn.'18"For Johncameneither15eatingnor16drinking, and they say, '17He has a demon !'19"The Son of Mancameeating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold, a gluttonousman and a sdrunkard, 18a friend of taxcollectors and tsinners !' Yetwisdom is vindicated by her deeds."
20Then He began to denounce the cities in whichmost of His u19miracles were done, because they did not repent.
21"20Woe to you, Chorazin ! Woe to you, 21Bethsaida ! For if the vmiracles had occurred in 22Tyre and 23Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repentedlongago in w24sackcloth and ashes.22"Nevertheless I say to you, 25it will be moretolerable for Tyre and Sidon in 26the day of judgmentthan for you.23"And you, 27Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will 28descend to 29Hades ; for if the xmiracles had occurred in 30Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to thisday.24"Nevertheless I say to you that 31it will be moretolerable for the land of 32Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you."
2533At that ytimeJesussaid, "I praise You, 34Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that 35You have hiddenthesethings from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.26"Yes, 36Father, for thisway was well-pleasing in Your sight.27"37Allthings have been handedover to Me by My Father ; and nooneknows the Sonexcept the Father ; nor does anyoneknow the Father38except the Son, and anyone to whom the Sonwills to reveal Him.28"39Come to Me, allzwho are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.29"Take My yoke upon you and 40learn from Me, for I amgentle and humble in heart, and 41YOU WILL FINDREST FOR YOUR SOULS.30"For 42My yoke is aaeasy and My burden is light."