1. And it came to pass that, when Jesus had finished commanding His twelve disciples, He left there to teach and to preach in their cities.
2. Now John, having heard in prison of the works of Christ, sent two of his disciples,
3. Saying to Him, “Are You the One Who is coming, or are we to look for another?”
4. Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see:
5. The blind receive sight, and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear; the dead are raised, and the poor are evangelized.
6. And blessed is everyone who shall not be offended in Me.”
7. And as they were leaving, Jesus said to the multitudes concerning John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
8. But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.
9. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one more excellent than a prophet.
10. For this is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who shall prepare Your way before You.’
12. For from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven is taken with a great struggle, and the zealous ones lay hold on it.
13. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who was to come.
15. The one who has ears to hear, let him hear.
16. But to what shall I compare this generation? It is exactly like little children sitting in the markets and calling to their companions,
17. And saying, ‘We have piped to you, and you did not dance; we have mourned to you, and you did not wail.’
18. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’
19. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a man who is a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”
20. Then He began to castigate the cities in which most of His miracles had taken place, because they did not repent:
21. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that have taken place in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22. But I tell you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
23. And you, Capernaum, who have been exalted to heaven, shall be cast down to the grave. For if the miracles that have taken place in you had taken place in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24. But I tell you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”
26. Yes, Father, for it was well pleasing in Your sight to do this.
27. All things were delivered to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; neither does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son personally chooses to reveal Him.
28. Come to Me, all you who labor and are overly burdened, and I will give you rest.
29. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.
30. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
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