11 When Jesus had finished [a]giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He departed from there to teach and [b]preach in their cities.
2 Now when John, [c]while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples3 and said to Him, “Are You the [d]Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?”4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see:5 theblind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and thepoor have the[e]gospel preached to them.6 And blessed is he [f]who does not [g]take offense at Me.”
Jesus’ Tribute to John
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 [h]But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ [i]palaces!9 [j]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 [k]is written,
‘Behold, I send My messenger[l]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 [m]least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven [n]suffers violence, and violent men [o]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 [p]was to come.15 He who has ears to hear, [q]let him hear.
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