1When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples he moved on from there to teach and preachin their towns. 2Now John had heard in prison what Christ was doing and he sent his disciples to ask him, 3'Are you the one who is to come, or are we to expect someone else?' 4Jesus answered, 'Go back and tel John what you hear and see; 5the blind see again, and the lame walk, those suffering from virulent skin-diseases are cleansed, andthe deaf hear, the dead are raised to life and the good news is proclaimed to the poor; 6and blessed is anyone who does not find me a cause of falling.' 7As the men were leaving, Jesus began to talk to the people about John, 'What did you go out into thedesert to see? A reed swaying in the breeze? No? 8Then what did you go out to see? A man wearing fine clothes? Look, those who wear fine clothes areto be found in palaces. 9Then what did you go out for? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet: 10he is the one of whom scripture says: Look, I am going to send my messenger in front of you toprepare your way before you. 11'In truth I tel you, of al the children born to women, there has never been anyone greater than Johnthe Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. 12Since John the Baptist came, up to this present time, the kingdom of Heaven has been subjected toviolence and the violent are taking it by storm. 13Because it was towards John that al the prophecies of the prophets and of the Law were leading; 14and he, if you wil believe me, is the Elijah who was to return. 15Anyone who has ears should listen! 16'What comparison can I find for this generation? It is like children shouting to each other as they sit inthe market place: 17We played the pipes for you, and you wouldn't dance; we sang dirges, and you wouldn't bemourners. 18'For John came, neither eating nor drinking, and they say, "He is possessed." 19The Son of man came, eating and drinking, and they say, "Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend oftax col ectors and sinners." Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.' 20Then he began to reproach the towns in which most of his miracles had been worked, because theyrefused to repent. 21'Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done inTyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22Stil , I tel you that it wil be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on Judgement Day than for you. 23And as for you, Capernaum, did you want to be raised as high as heaven? You shal be flung down tohell. For if the miracles done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have been standing yet. 24Stil , I tel you that it wil be more bearable for Sodom on Judgement Day than for you.' 25At that time Jesus exclaimed, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding thesethings from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. 26Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. 27Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father,just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28'Come to me, al you who labour and are overburdened, and I wil give you rest. 29Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you wil find rest foryour souls. 30Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.'
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