24 When the messengers of John had left, He began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?25 [a]But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft [b]clothing? Those who are splendidly clothed and live in luxury are found in royal palaces!26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and one who is more than a prophet.27 This is the one about whom it is written,
‘Behold, I send My messenger[c]ahead of You, Who will prepare Your way before You.’
28 I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet he who is [d]least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”29 When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they [e]acknowledged God’s justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John.
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