1When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.2Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples (Mt 1:17; Mt 4:12; Mt 9:14; Mt 14:3; Lu 7:18)3and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” (Lu 3:15; Joh 4:25; Joh 6:14; Joh 11:27)4And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:5the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers
1. Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
 are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. (Mt 5:3; Lu 4:18; Lu 7:22; Jas 2:5)6And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” (Isa 8:14; Joh 6:61)7As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? (Mt 3:1; Lu 1:80; Eph 4:14; Jas 1:6)8What then did you go out to see? A man
1. Or Why then did you go out? To see a man…
 dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.9What then did you go out to see? A prophet?
1. Some manuscripts Why then did you go out? To see a prophet?
 Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. (Mt 14:5; Mt 21:26; Lu 1:76)10This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’ (Mal 3:1; Mr 1:2)11Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.12From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence,
 let him hear. (Mt 13:9; Mt 13:43; Lu 8:8; Lu 14:35)16“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,17“‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ (Mt 3:4; Mr 1:6; Lu 1:15)19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
20Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. (Ps 81:11; Isa 1:2)21“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. (Eze 28:2; Am 1:9; Mt 15:21; Mr 3:8; Lu 10:12)22But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. (Mt 11:21; Lu 12:47; Ac 17:31)23And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. (Isa 14:13; Mt 16:18; Lu 16:23; Ac 2:27)24But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.” (Mt 10:15; Mt 11:22)