What then did you go out to see? Someone a dressed in soft robes? Look, those who put on fine clothing and live in luxury are in royal palaces.
What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
This is the one about whom it is written, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'
I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."
(And all the people who heard this, including the tax collectors, acknowledged the justice of God, b because they had been baptized with John's baptism.
But by refusing to be baptized by him, the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God's purpose for themselves.)
"To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like?
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, "We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.'
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, "He has a demon';
the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, "Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'
Nevertheless, wisdom is vindicated by all her children."
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (New Revised Standard Bible Version Online)