What then did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kings' courts.
What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
This is he of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.'
I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."
(When they heard this all the people and the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John;
but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)
"To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like?
They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another, 'We piped to 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, 'Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'
Yet wisdom is justified by all her children."
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the 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. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)