Luke 7:18–35

18 mThen the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things. 19 And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to 3Jesus, saying, “Are You nthe Coming One, or 4do we look for another?”

20 When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’ ” 21 And that very hour He cured many of 5infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.

22 oJesus answered and said to them, Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: pthat the blind qsee, the lame rwalk, the lepers are scleansed, the deaf thear, the dead are raised, uthe poor have the gospel preached to them. 23 And blessed is he who is not 6offended because of Me.”

Jesus Praises John

Matt. 11:7–15

24 vWhen the messengers of John had departed, He began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kingscourts. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is he of whom it is written:

wBehold, I send My messenger before Your face,

Who will prepare Your way before You.’

28 For I say to you, among those born of women there is 7not a xgreater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

29 And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors 8justified God, yhaving been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and 9lawyers rejected zthe will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.

Jesus Criticizes His Generation

Matt. 11:16–19

31 1And the Lord said, aTo what then shall I liken the men of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying:

We played the flute for you,

And you did not dance;

We mourned to you,

And you did not weep.’

33 For bJohn the Baptist came cneither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man has come deating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a 2winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 eBut wisdom is justified by all her children.”

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