12. Strengthening His Forerunner
18 And 1John's adisciples breported to him concerning all these things.
19 And John called a certain two of his disciples to him and sent them to 1the Lord, saying, Are You the aComing One, or should we expect another?
20 And the men came to Him and said, John the Baptist sent us to You, saying, Are You the Coming One, or should we expect another?
21 In that hour He ahealed many from diseases and afflictions and evil spirits, and to many who were bblind He graciously gave sight.
22 And He answered and said to them, Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the ablind receive their sight, the blame walk, the clepers are cleansed and the ddeaf hear, the edead are raised, the fpoor have the gospel 1announced to them.
23 And 1blessed is he who is not astumbled because of Me.
24 And when the messengers of John went away, He began to say to the crowds concerning John, What did you go out into the awilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?
25 But what did you go out to see? A man arrayed in soft garments? Behold, those who live in splendid apparel and luxury are in royal palaces.
26 But what did you go out to see? A aprophet? Yes, I say to you, and much more than a prophet.
27 This is he concerning whom it is written, a"Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You.''
28 I say to you, Among those born of women there is no one greater than John, yet he who is least in the akingdom of God is greater than he.
29 And when all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they aacknowledged that God was righteous, since they had been bbaptized with the cbaptism of John.
30 But the aPharisees and the 1blawyers 2rejected the ccounsel of God for themselves since they had not been baptized by him.
31 And Jesus said, To what then shall I liken the men of this generation, and what are they like?
32 They are like little children sitting in the amarketplace and calling to one another, who say, We have played the flute to you, and you did not dance; we have sung a dirge, and you did not weep.
33 For John the Baptist has come neither aeating bread bnor drinking wine, and you say, He has a demon.
34 The Son of Man has come aeating and drinking, and you say, Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a bfriend of tax collectors and sinners.
35 Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.