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katapi HOME The Messengers from John the Baptist - Mt.11.2-19  Lk.7.18-35       | NEB Books | notes

Matthew: 11
2JOHN, WHO WAS IN PRISON, heard what Christ was doing, and sent his own disciples to him 3with this message: 'Are you the one who is to come, or are we to expect some other?' 4Jesus answered, 'Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5the blind recover their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are clean, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, the poor are hearing the good news— 6and happy is the man who does not find me a stumbling-block.'
7When the messengers were on their way back, Jesus began to speak to the people about John: 'What was the spectacle that drew you to the wilderness? A reed-bed swept by the wind? No? 8Then what did you go out to see? A man dressed in silks and satins? Surely you must look in palaces for that. 9But why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes indeed, and far more than a prophet. 10He is the man of whom Scripture says,
    "Here is my herald, whom I send on ahead of you,
    And he will prepare your way before you." 11I tell you this: never has there appeared on earth a mother's son greater than John the Baptist, and yet the least in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.
    12'Ever since the coming of John the Baptist the kingdom of Heaven has been subjected to violence and violent men [Or: has been forcing its way forward, and men of force ...] are seizing it. 13For all the prophets and the Law foretold things to come until John appeared, 14and John is the destined Elijah, if you will but accept it. 15If you have ears that can hear, then hear. 16'How can I describe this generation? They are like the children sitting in the market-place and shouting at each other,
    17"We piped for you and you would not dance."
    "We wept and wailed, and you would not mourn." 18For John came, neither eating nor drinking, and they say, "He is possessed." 19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, "Look at him! a glutton and a drinker, a friend of tax-gatherers and sinners!" And yet God's wisdom is proved right by its results.'

Luke: 7
18John too was informed of all this by his disciples. 19Summoning two of their number he sent them to the Lord with this message: 'Are you the one who is to come, or are we to expect some other?' 20The messengers made their way to Jesus and said, 'John the Baptist has sent us to you: he asks, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to expect some other?" ' 21There and then he cured many sufferers from diseases, plagues, and evil spirits; and on many blind people he bestowed sight. 22Then he gave them his answer: 'Go', he said, 'and tell John what you have seen and heard: how the blind recover their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are clean, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, the poor are hearing the good news— 23and happy is the man who does not find me a stumbling-block.'
24After John's messengers had left, Jesus began to speak about him to the crowds: 'What was the spectacle that drew you to the wilderness? A reed-bed swept by the wind? 25No? Then what did you go out to see? A man dressed in silks and satins? Surely you must look in palaces for grand clothes and luxury. 26But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes indeed, and far more than a prophet. 27He is the man of whom Scripture says,
    "Here is my herald, whom I send on ahead of you,
    And he will prepare your way before you." 28I tell you, there is not a mother's son greater than John, and yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.' 29When they heard him, all the people, including the tax-gatherers, praised God, for they had accepted John's baptism; 30but the Pharisees and lawyers, who refused his baptism, had rejected [Or: ' ... greater than he. And all the people, including the tax-gatherers, when they heard him, accepted John's baptism and acknowledged the righteous dealing of God; but the Pharisees and lawyers, by refusing his baptism, rejected ... '] God's purpose for themselves. 31'How can I describe the people of this generation? What are they like? 32They are like children sitting in the market-place and shouting at each other,
      "We piped for you and you would not dance."
      "We wept and wailed, and you would not mourn." 33For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, "He is possessed." 34The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, "Look at him! a glutton and a drinker, a friend of tax-gatherers and sinners!" 35And yet God's wisdom is proved right by all who are her children.'

Notes: The most generally known harmonies of the Gospels are based upon the Huck-Lietzmann Synopsis (1936) of the three gospels and Sparks' Synopsis (1964) of four gospels. Many of the passages in these harmonies are too short to display in a useful manner on a web-page.
The katapi New Study Bible Synopsis of the Gospels is based upon the headings displayed in the New Study Bible reference table which in turn follows the headings printed in the United Bible Societies' New Testament in Greek. These sections are more useful for bible study. Columns are arranged so that the first column is your chosen heading from the bible passage list (highlighted). The harmonies that follow across the web-page are then in the normally accepted order.
For Old Testament references quoted by New Testament authors, you should either go back to the passage listing web-page and select the link on the 'version' column; or click on the column heading and search through the chapter for the relevant passage; than select the OT passage from the reference column.

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