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Parallel Bible results for Matthew 11:1-19

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Matthew 11:1-19

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."

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