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2Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciplesThe Messengers from John the Baptist Mt.11.2-19 | Lk.7.18-35
3and said to him, "Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?" 
4And Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: 
5the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.- the blind receive their sight Mt.11.5 | Is.35.5-6 | Is.42.18 | Is.61.1
6And blessed is he who takes no offense at me." 
7As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind? 
8Why then did you go out? To see a man Or: What then did you go out to see? A man ... clothed in soft raiment? Behold, those who wear soft raiment are in kings' houses. 
9Why then did you go out? To see a prophet? Other ancient authorities read: What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 
10This is he of whom it is written,
'Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.'
- I send my messenger before thy face Mt.11.10 | Mal.3.1
11Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he 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, and men of violence, Or: has been coming violently take it by force. 
13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John; 
14and if you are willing to accept it, he is Eli'jah who is to come. 
15He who has ears to hear, Other ancient authorities omit: to hear let him hear. 
16"But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates, 
17'We piped to you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.'
 
18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon'; 
19the Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds." Other ancient authorities read: children. (Luke 7.35) 

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