Matthew 11 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Jesus finished placing this charge before his twelve disciples, he went on to teach and preach in their villages. 1 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
2 John, meanwhile, had been locked up in prison. When he got wind of what Jesus was doing, he sent his own disciples 2 When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples
3 to ask, "Are you the One we've been expecting, or are we still waiting?" 3 to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"
4 Jesus told them, "Go back and tell John what's going on: 4 Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see:
5 The blind see, The lame walk, Lepers are cleansed, The deaf hear, The dead are raised, The wretched of the earth learn that God is on their side. 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.
6 "Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves most blessed!" 6 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
7 When John's disciples left to report, Jesus started talking to the crowd about John. "What did you expect when you went out to see him in the wild? A weekend camper? 7 As John's disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
8 Hardly. What then? A sheik in silk pajamas? Not in the wilderness, not by a long shot. 8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces.
9 What then? A prophet? That's right, a prophet! Probably the best prophet you'll ever hear. 9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
10 He is the prophet that Malachi announced when he wrote, 'I'm sending my prophet ahead of you, to make the road smooth for you.' 10 This is the one about whom it is written: " 'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'
11 "Let me tell you what's going on here: No one in history surpasses John the Baptizer; but in the kingdom he prepared you for, the lowliest person is ahead of him. 11 I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12 For a long time now people have tried to force themselves into God's kingdom. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.
13 But if you read the books of the Prophets and God's Law closely, you will see them culminate in John, teaming up with him in preparing the way for the Messiah of the kingdom. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.
14 Looked at in this way, John is the 'Elijah' you've all been expecting to arrive and introduce the Messiah. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
15 "Are you listening to me? Really listening? 15 He who has ears, let him hear.
16 "How can I account for this generation? The people have been like spoiled children whining to their parents, 16 "To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
17 'We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy.' 17 " 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'
18 John came fasting and they called him crazy. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'
19 I came feasting and they called me a lush, a friend of the riff-raff. Opinion polls don't count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating." 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." ' But wisdom is proved right by her actions."
20 Next Jesus let fly on the cities where he had worked the hardest but whose people had responded the least, shrugging their shoulders and going their own way. 20 Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.
21 "Doom to you, Chorazin! Doom, Bethsaida! If Tyre and Sidon had seen half of the powerful miracles you have seen, they would have been on their knees in a minute. 21 "Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 At Judgment Day they'll get off easy compared to you. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
23 And Capernaum! With all your peacock strutting, you are going to end up in the abyss. If the people of Sodom had had your chances, the city would still be around. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.
24 At Judgment Day they'll get off easy compared to you." 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."
25 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: "Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You've concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. 25 At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
26 Yes, Father, that's the way you like to work." 26 Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
27 Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. "The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I'm not keeping it to myself; I'm ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen. 27 "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. 28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."