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4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosyb are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.t 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”u
7 As John’sv disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wildernessw to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. 9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet?x Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written:
“ ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,y
11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence,d and violent people have been raiding it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.a 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.b 15 Whoever has ears, let them hear.c
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.’
18 For John came neither eatingd nor drinking,e and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’f But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”
20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!g For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon,h they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.i 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.j 23 And you, Capernaum,k will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.e l For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”m
25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father,n Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.o 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
28 “Come to me,s all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.t 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,u for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.v 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”w
Greek in their towns
The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
Or been forcefully advancing
That is, the realm of the dead
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