4 Jesus replied,
Jesus Testifies about John
(Malachi 3:1–5; Luke 7:24–35)
7 As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John:
‘Behold, I will send My messenger ahead of You,
who will prepare Your way before You.’ e
11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet even 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 subject to violence, f and the violent lay claim to it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. g
16 To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
17 ‘We played the flute for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.’
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 at this glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is vindicated by her actions.”
Woe to the Unrepentant
20 Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.
23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
Rest for the Weary
25 At that time Jesus declared,
27 All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.
28 Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
1 a That is, in the towns of Galilee
2 b BYZ and TR he sent two of his disciples
5 c A leper was one afflicted with a skin disease. See Leviticus 13.
6 d Or who is not offended by Me
10 e Malachi 3:1
12 f Or has been forcefully advancing
14 g See Malachi 4:5.
15 h BYZ and TR ears to hear