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Matthew 11

ESV 1 When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities. MSG 1 When Jesus finished placing this charge before his twelve disciples, he went on to teach and preach in their villages. ESV 2 Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples MSG 2 John, meanwhile, had been locked up in prison. When he got wind of what Jesus was doing, he sent his own disciples ESV 3 and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?" MSG 3 to ask, "Are you the One we've been expecting, or are we still waiting?" ESV 4 And Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: MSG 4 Jesus told them, "Go back and tell John what's going on: ESV 5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. MSG 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. ESV 6 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me." MSG 6 "Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves most blessed!" ESV 7 As they went away, 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? MSG 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? ESV 8 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. MSG 8 Hardly. What then? A sheik in silk pajamas? Not in the wilderness, not by a long shot. ESV 9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. MSG 9 What then? A prophet? That's right, a prophet! Probably the best prophet you'll ever hear. ESV 10 This is he of whom it is written, "'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.' MSG 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.' ESV 11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. MSG 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. ESV 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. MSG 12 For a long time now people have tried to force themselves into God's kingdom. ESV 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, MSG 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. ESV 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. MSG 14 Looked at in this way, John is the 'Elijah' you've all been expecting to arrive and introduce the Messiah. ESV 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear. MSG 15 "Are you listening to me? Really listening? ESV 16 "But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, MSG 16 "How can I account for this generation? The people have been like spoiled children whining to their parents, ESV 17 "'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.' MSG 17 'We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy.' ESV 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' MSG 18 John came fasting and they called him crazy. ESV 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds." MSG 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." ESV 20 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. MSG 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. ESV 21 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. MSG 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. ESV 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. MSG 22 At Judgment Day they'll get off easy compared to you. ESV 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. MSG 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. ESV 24 But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you." MSG 24 At Judgment Day they'll get off easy compared to you." ESV 25 At that time Jesus declared, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; MSG 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. ESV 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. MSG 26 Yes, Father, that's the way you like to work." ESV 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. MSG 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. ESV 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. MSG 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. ESV 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. MSG 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. ESV 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." MSG 30 Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

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