24 When 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 kings’ courts.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:
‘Behold, 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[a]not agreater 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 [b]justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and [c]lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.
31 [d]And the Lord said, “To 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 ForJohn the Baptist cameneither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’34 The Son of Man has comeeating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a[e]winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’35 But wisdom is justified by all her children.”
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