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Luke 7:24-30 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

24 After John’s messengers left, He began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the wind? 25 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft robes? Look, those who are splendidly dressed[a] and live in luxury are in royal palaces. 26 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet. 27 This is the one it is written about:

Look, I am sending My messenger
ahead of You;[b]
he will prepare Your way before You.[c]

28 I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John,[d] but the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

29 (And when all the people, including the tax collectors, heard this, they acknowledged God’s way of righteousness,[e] because they had been baptized with John’s baptism. 30 But since the Pharisees and experts in the law had not been baptized by him, they rejected the plan of God for themselves.)

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 7:25 Or who have glorious robes
  2. Luke 7:27 Lit messenger before Your face
  3. Luke 7:27 Mal 3:1
  4. Luke 7:28 Other mss read women is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist
  5. Luke 7:29 Lit they justified God

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