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katapi HOME The Messengers from John the Baptist: Lk.7.18-35  (Mt.11.2-19      ) | NEB Index | notes
Luke: 7
18 John too was informed of all this by his disciples. 19 Summoning 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?' 20 The 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?" ' 21 There and then he cured many sufferers from diseases, plagues, and evil spirits; and on many blind people he bestowed sight. 22 Then 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 - 23 and happy is the man who does not find me a stumbling-block.'
24 After 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? 25 No? 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. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes indeed, and far more than a prophet. 27 He 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." 28 I 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.'
29 When they heard him, all the people, including the tax-gatherers, praised God, for they had accepted John's baptism; 30 but the Pharisees and lawyers, who refused his baptism, had rejected God's purpose for themselves.
31 'How can I describe the people of this generation? What are they like? 32 They 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." 33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, "He is possessed." 34 The 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!" 35 And yet God's wisdom is proved right by all who are her children.'
Matthew: 11
2 JOHN, WHO WAS IN PRISON, heard what Christ was doing, and sent his own disciples to him 3 with this message: 'Are you the one who is to come, or are we to expect some other?' 4 Jesus answered, 'Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5 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 - 6 and happy is the man who does not find me a stumbling-block.'
7 When 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? 8 Then what did you go out to see? A man dressed in silks and satins? Surely you must look in palaces for that. 9 But why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes indeed, and far more than a prophet. 10 He 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." 11 I 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 are seizing it. 13 For all the prophets and the Law foretold things to come until John appeared, 14 and John is the destined Elijah, if you will but accept it. 15 If 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." 18 For John came, neither eating nor drinking, and they is say, "He is possessed." 19 The 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.'

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