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John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus(A)

18 (B)Then the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things. 19 And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to [a]Jesus, saying, “Are You (C)the Coming One, or [b]do we look for another?”

20 When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’ ” 21 And that very hour He cured many of [c]infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.

22 (D)Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: (E)that the blind (F)see, the lame (G)walk, the lepers are (H)cleansed, the deaf (I)hear, the dead are raised, (J)the poor have the gospel preached to them. 23 And blessed is he who is not [d]offended because of Me.”

24 (K)When the messengers of John had departed, He began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kings’ courts. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is he of whom it is written:

(L)‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’

28 For I say to you, among those born of women there is [e]not a (M)greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

29 And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors [f]justified God, (N)having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and [g]lawyers rejected (O)the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.

31 [h]And the Lord said, (P)“To what then shall I liken the men of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying:

‘We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
We mourned to you,
And you did not weep.’

33 For (Q)John the Baptist came (R)neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man has come (S)eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a [i]winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 (T)But wisdom is justified by all her children.”

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 7:19 NU the Lord
  2. Luke 7:19 should we expect
  3. Luke 7:21 illnesses
  4. Luke 7:23 caused to stumble
  5. Luke 7:28 NU none greater than John;
  6. Luke 7:29 declared the righteousness of
  7. Luke 7:30 the experts in the law
  8. Luke 7:31 NU, M omit And the Lord said
  9. Luke 7:34 An excessive drinker

Jesus and John the Baptist(A)

18 John’s(B) disciples(C) told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’”

21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses(D) and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[a] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.(E) 23 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

24 After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 25 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet?(F) Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is the one about whom it is written:

“‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way before you.’[b](G)

28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God(H) is greater than he.”

29 (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John.(I) 30 But the Pharisees and the experts in the law(J) rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)

31 Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

“‘We played the pipe for you,
    and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
    and you did not cry.’

33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine,(K) and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’(L) 35 But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 7:22 The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
  2. Luke 7:27 Mal. 3:1

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