7 As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?8 [a]But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ [b]palaces!9 [c]But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.10 This is the one about whom it [d]is written,
‘Behold, I send My messenger[e]ahead of You, Who will prepare Your way before You.’
11 Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is [f]least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven [g]suffers violence, and violent men [h]take it by force.13 For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John.14 And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who [i]was to come.15 He who has ears to hear, [j]let him hear.
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