11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 (A)And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 (B)For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to receive it, he is (C)Elijah who is to come. 15 (D)He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

16 (E)“But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, 17 and saying:

‘We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
We mourned to you,
And you did not [a]lament.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a [b]winebibber, (F)a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ (G)But wisdom is justified by her [c]children.”

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  1. Matthew 11:17 Lit. beat your breast
  2. Matthew 11:19 wine drinker
  3. Matthew 11:19 NU works

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