18 John’s disciples told him about all these things. So John called two of his disciples 19 and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the Coming One, or should we wait for someone else?”
20 When the men had come to Jesus,[a] they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the Coming One, or should we wait for someone else?’”
21 At that time Jesus[b] had healed many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind. 22 So he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have observed and heard: the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear again, the dead are raised, and the destitute hear the good news.23 How blessed is anyone who is not offended by me!”
24 When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus[c] began to ask the crowds about John. “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?25 Really, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? Look! Those who wear fine clothes and live in luxury are in royal palaces.26 Really, what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and even more than a prophet!27 Thisis the man about whom it is written,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’[d]
28 I tell you, no one has ever been born who is[e] greater than John. Yet even the least important person in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
29 By having been baptized with John’s baptism, all the people who listened, including the tax collectors, acknowledged God’s justice.[f]30 But the Pharisees and the experts in the Law rejected God’s plan for themselves[g] by refusing to be baptized by John.[h]
31 Jesus continued,[i]“To what may I compare the people living today?[j]32 They’re like little children who sit in the marketplace and shout to each other,
‘A wedding song we played for you, the dance you all did scorn. A woeful dirge we chanted, too, but then you would not mourn.’
33 Because John the Baptist has come neither eating bread nor drinking wine, yet you say, ‘He has a demon!’34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look! He’s[k] a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 Wisdom is vindicated by all[l] her children.”
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