Matthew 11

11:1 When1 Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns.

Jesus and John the Baptist

11:2 Now when John2 heard in prison about the deeds Christ3 had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question:4 11:3 “Are you the one who is to come,5 or should we look for another?” 11:4 Jesus answered them,6 “Go tell John what you hear and see:7 11:5 The blind see, the8 lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news proclaimed to them. 11:6 Blessed is anyone9 who takes no offense at me.”

11:7 While they were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness10 to see? A reed shaken by the wind?11 11:8 What12 did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes?13 Look, those who wear fancy clothes are in the homes of kings!14 11:9 What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more15 than a prophet. 11:10 This is the one about whom it is written:

Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,16

who will prepare your way before you.17

11:11 “I tell you the truth,18 among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least19 in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. 11:12 From20 the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it.21 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared.22 11:14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, who is to come. 11:15 The one who has ears had better listen!23

11:16 “To24 what should I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to one another,25

11:17 ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance;26

we wailed in mourning,27 yet you did not weep.’

11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’28 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him,29 a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors30 and sinners!’31 But wisdom is vindicated32 by her deeds.”33

Woes on Unrepentant Cities

11:20 Then Jesus began to criticize openly the cities34 in which he had done many of his miracles, because they did not repent. 11:21 “Woe to you, Chorazin!35 Woe to you, Bethsaida! If36 the miracles37 done in you had been done in Tyre38 and Sidon,39 they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 11:22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you! 11:23 And you, Capernaum,40 will you be exalted to heaven?41 No, you will be thrown down to Hades!42 For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day. 11:24 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom43 on the day of judgment than for you!”

Jesus’ Invitation

11:25 At that time Jesus said,44 “I praise45 you, Father, Lord46 of heaven and earth, because47 you have hidden these things from the wise48 and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. 11:26 Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will.49 11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father.50 No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides51 to reveal him. 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 11:29 Take my yoke52 on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 11:30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”

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