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, 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.)
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