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Matthew 11:7-15 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

As these men went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothes? Look, those who wear soft clothes are in kings’ palaces. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet. 10 This is the one it is written about:

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

11 “I assure you: Among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared,[c] but the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been suffering violence,[d] and the violent have been seizing it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John; 14 if you’re willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who is to come. 15 Anyone who has ears[e] should listen!


  1. Matthew 11:10 Lit messenger before Your face
  2. Matthew 11:10 Mal 3:1
  3. Matthew 11:11 Lit arisen
  4. Matthew 11:12 Or has been forcefully advancing
  5. Matthew 11:15 Other mss add to hear

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