Matthew 11:1-30

11  And when Jesus had finished giving directions to his twelve disciples he passed on from there to teach and make the proclamation in their cities. 2  And John, hearing in his prison the deeds of the Messiah, sent by his disciples 3  and said to him “Are you the Coming One or are we to expect another?” 4  And Jesus answered them “Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5  blind men are recovering their sight and cripples are walking, lepers are being cleansed and deaf men are hearing, and dead men are being raised and poor men are being given the gospel; 6  and happy is anyone who is not staggered over me.” 7 * And while these were on their way Jesus began to say to the crowds about John “What did you go out into the wilderness for? to gaze at reeds shaking in the wind? 8  But what did you go out for? to see a man robed in soft fabrics? for the wearers of soft fabrics, go to kings’ houses. 9  But what did you go out for? to see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet; 10  this is he of whom it is written ‘Lo, I am sending before your face my messenger who shall prepare your road before you,’ 11  I tell you verily, there has not arisen among all that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist; but the littlest in the Reign of Heaven is greater than he. 12  But from John the Baptist’s days till now the Reign of Heaven is being forced and violent men are pouncing on it. 13  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John’s coming; 14  and if you are willing to have it, he is the Elijah who was to come; 15  let him who has ears hear! 16  But to what shall I compare this generation? it is like children sitting in the marketplaces, that call out to the others 17  and say ‘We played to you and you did not dance, we lamented and you did not wail.’ 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 ‘Here is a gormandizer and a drinker, a friend of customhouse officers and people of bad character’; and wisdom is justified by her works.” 20  Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his miracles had been done, because they did not repent: 21  “Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! because if the miracles that have been done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago; 22  I tell you, though, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment than for you. 23  And you, Capernaum, are you to be lifted up to heaven? you are to go down to the world of the dead, because if the miracles that have been done in you had been done in Sodom it would have lasted till today; 24  I tell you, though, it will be more bearable for Sodom at the day of judgment than for you.” 25  At that time Jesus answered “I give thee praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou didst hide these things from the wise and discerning and disclose them to infants; 26  yes, Father, because such was thy pleasure. 27  Everything has been committed to me by my Father; and no one is acquainted with the Son except the Father, nor is anyone acquainted with the Father except the Son and he to whom the Son chooses to disclose him. 28  Come to me, all you toilers, all who are loaded down, and I will give you rest. 29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, because I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. 30  For my yoke is easy, and my load light.”


11:7 Or a reed