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Matthew 11:7-19 (New American Standard)

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Jesus' Tribute to John

7 As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, "What did you go out into 1the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 "aBut what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings' bpalaces! 9 "cBut what did you go out to see? 2A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet. 10 "This is the one about whom it dis written, '3BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER eAHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE 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 fleast in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 "4From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven gsuffers violence, and violent men htake it by force. 13 "For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 "And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is 5Elijah who iwas to come. 15 "6He who has ears to hear, jlet him hear. 16 "But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other children, 17 and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not kmourn.' 18 "For John came neither 7eating nor 8drinking, and they say, '9He has a demon!' 19 "The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man and a ldrunkard, 10a friend of tax collectors and msinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds."
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