when Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He departed from there to ateach
and to preach in their cities.
The King's poise and attitude toward every situation
Strengthening His imprisoned forerunner
when John heard in the bprison
of the cworks
of the Christ, he sent word
through his disciples
said to Him, 1Are
You the aComing
One, or should we expect 2another
Jesus answered and said to them, Go, report to John the things that you hear and see:
receive their sight and the 2lame
walk; the 3blepers
are cleansed and the 4deaf
hear; and the 5dead
are raised and the 6cpoor
have the gospel announced to them;
blessed is he who is not 1astumbled
because of Me.
Appraising His forerunner
as these went away, Jesus began to 1say
to the crowds concerning John, What did you go out into the awilderness
at? A 3breed
shaken by the wind?
what did you go out to 1see
? A 2man
arrayed in soft aclothing
? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in the houses of kings.
why did you go out? To see a aprophet
? Yes, I say to you, and 1much
more than a prophet.
is he concerning whom it is written, a
"Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You.''
I say to you, Among those born of women there has not arisen one greater than John the Baptist, yet he who is 1least 2in
the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he.
from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of the heavens is taken by 1aviolence
, and violent men seize it.
all the aprophets
and the law prophesied 1until
if you are willing to receive 1it,
he is 2aElijah
, who is to come.
who has aears
to hear, let him hear.
Lamenting and reproaching the stubborn and unrepentant generation
to what shall I liken this ageneration
? It is like little children sitting in the marketplaces, who call to the others
say, We have played the flute to you, and you did not dance; we have 1sung
a dirge, and you did not mourn.
John came 1neither aeating
; and they say, He has a 2cdemon
of Man came 1beating
and drinking; and they say, Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a 2friend
collectors and sinners. Yet 3dwisdom
is justified by her 4works
He began to reproach the cities in which most of His aworks
of power took place, because they did not repent:
to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, bBethsaida
! For if the works of power which took place in you had taken place in cTyre
and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in dsackcloth
I say to you, It will be 1amore
tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
, who have been bexalted
to heaven, cto 1dHades
you will be brought down. For if the works of power which took place in you had taken place in Sodom, it would have remained until today.
I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of aSodom
in the day of judgment than for you.
Acknowledging the Father's will with extolment
that time Jesus 1answered
and said, I 2extol
You, Father, 3bLord
of heaven and of earth, because You have hidden 4these
things from the 5wise
and intelligent and have revealed them to 6infants
, Father, for thus it has been well-pleasing 1in
things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one fully 2bknows
the Son except the Father; neither does anyone fully cknow
the Father except the Son and him to whom the Son wills to dreveal Him.
Calling the burdened to rest and the way to rest
to Me all who 1btoil
and are burdened, and I will give you 2rest
upon you and alearn
from Me, for I am 3bmeek
and lowly in heart, and you will find crest
for your 4souls
and My burden is light.