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Matthew 11

MSG 1 When Jesus finished placing this charge before his twelve disciples, he went on to teach and preach in their villages. NLT 1 When Jesus had finished giving these instructions to his twelve disciples, he went out to teach and preach in towns throughout the region. MSG 2 John, meanwhile, had been locked up in prison. When he got wind of what Jesus was doing, he sent his own disciples NLT 2 John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, MSG 3 to ask, "Are you the One we've been expecting, or are we still waiting?" NLT 3 “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” MSG 4 Jesus told them, "Go back and tell John what's going on: NLT 4 Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— 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. NLT 5 the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. MSG 6 "Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves most blessed!" NLT 6 And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me. ’” 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? NLT 7 As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds. “What kind of man did you go into the wilderness to see? Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind? MSG 8 Hardly. What then? A sheik in silk pajamas? Not in the wilderness, not by a long shot. NLT 8 Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people with expensive clothes live in palaces. MSG 9 What then? A prophet? That's right, a prophet! Probably the best prophet you'll ever hear. NLT 9 Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet. 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.' NLT 10 John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say, ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way before you.’ 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. NLT 11 “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is! MSG 12 For a long time now people have tried to force themselves into God's kingdom. NLT 12 And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it. 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. NLT 13 For before John came, all the prophets and the law of Moses looked forward to this present time. MSG 14 Looked at in this way, John is the 'Elijah' you've all been expecting to arrive and introduce the Messiah. NLT 14 And if you are willing to accept what I say, he is Elijah, the one the prophets said would come. MSG 15 "Are you listening to me? Really listening? NLT 15 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! MSG 16 "How can I account for this generation? The people have been like spoiled children whining to their parents, NLT 16 “To what can I compare this generation? It is like children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends, MSG 17 'We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy.' NLT 17 ‘We played wedding songs, and you didn’t dance, so we played funeral songs, and you didn’t mourn.’ MSG 18 John came fasting and they called him crazy. NLT 18 For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 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." NLT 19 The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” 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. NLT 20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God. 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. NLT 21 “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. MSG 22 At Judgment Day they'll get off easy compared to you. NLT 22 I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you. 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. NLT 23 “And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead. For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today. MSG 24 At Judgment Day they'll get off easy compared to you." NLT 24 I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you.” 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. NLT 25 At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. MSG 26 Yes, Father, that's the way you like to work." NLT 26 Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way! 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. NLT 27 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” 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. NLT 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 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. NLT 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. MSG 30 Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." NLT 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

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