Jesus acclaims John as more than a prophet—The cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum are rebuked for unbelief—The Son reveals the Father—The yoke of Christ is easy, and His burden is light.
1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to apreach in their cities.
2 Now when aJohn had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those athings which ye do hear and see:
6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be aoffended in me.
7 ¶ And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in akings’ houses.
9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a aprophet.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and athe violent take it by force.
14 And if ye will receive it, this is aElias, which was for to come.
15 He that hath ears to ahear, let him hear.
16 ¶ But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.
20 ¶ Then began he to upbraid the acities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
22 But I say unto you, It shall be more atolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
23 And thou, Capernaum, which art aexalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to bhell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of aSodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
30 For my yoke is aeasy, and my burden is light.