Luke 7:18-23

Messengers from John the Baptist

18 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John,
19 calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are you the one 1who is to come, or 2shall we look for another?"
20 And when the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, 'Are you the one 3who is to come, or 4shall we look for another?'"
21 In that hour 5he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and 6on many who were blind he bestowed sight.
22 And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: 7the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, 8lepers[a] are cleansed, and 9the deaf hear, 10the dead are raised up, 11the poor have good news preached to them.
23 And blessed is the one who is 12not offended by me."

Luke 7:18-23 In-Context

16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!"
17 And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.
18 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John,
19 calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?"
20 And when the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, 'Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?'"
21 In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight.
22 And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.
23 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me."
24 When John's messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
25 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings' courts.

Cross References 12

  • 1. John 4:25; John 6:14; John 11:27
  • 2. [Luke 3:15]
  • 3. [See ver. 19 above]
  • 4. [See ver. 19 above]
  • 5. Mark 1:34
  • 6. Luke 18:42; Matthew 9:30; Matthew 12:22; Matthew 15:31; Matthew 20:34; Matthew 21:14; Mark 8:25; John 9:7
  • 7. Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 35:5, 6; Matthew 15:30
  • 8. Luke 17:14
  • 9. Mark 7:35
  • 10. See ver. 14
  • 11. Luke 4:18; [Matthew 5:3; James 2:5]
  • 12. Isaiah 8:14, 15; John 6:61

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
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