E. The King's Poise and Attitude toward Every Situation
1. Strengthening His Imprisoned Forerunner
2 aNow when John heard in the bprison of the cworks of the Christ, he sent word through his disciples
3 And said to Him, 1Are You the aComing One, or should we expect 2another?
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, Go, report to John the things that you hear and see:
5 The 1ablind receive their sight and the 2lame walk; the 3blepers are cleansed and the 4deaf hear; and the 5dead are raised and the 6cpoor have the gospel announced to them;
6 And blessed is he who is not 1astumbled because of Me.
2. Appraising His Forerunner
7 And as these went away, Jesus began to 1say to the crowds concerning John, What did you go out into the awilderness to 2look at? A 3breed shaken by the wind?
8 But what did you go out to 1see? A 2man arrayed in soft aclothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in the houses of kings.
9 But why did you go out? To see a aprophet? Yes, I say to you, and 1much more than a prophet.
10 This is he concerning whom it is written, a"Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You.''
11 Truly I say to you, Among those born of women there has not arisen one greater than John the Baptist, yet he who is 1least 2in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he.
12 But from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of the heavens is taken by 1aviolence, and violent men seize it.
13 For all the aprophets and the law prophesied 1until John;
14 And if you are willing to receive 1it, he is 2aElijah, who is to come.
15 He who has aears to hear, let him hear.
3. Lamenting and Reproaching
the Stubborn and Unrepentant Generation
16 But to what shall I liken this ageneration? It is like little children sitting in the marketplaces, who call to the others
17 And say, We have 1played the flute to you, and you did not dance; we have 1sung a dirge, and you did not mourn.
18 For John came 1neither aeating nor bdrinking; and they say, He has a 2cdemon.
19 The aSon of Man came 1beating and drinking; and they say, Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a 2friend of ctax collectors and sinners. Yet 3dwisdom is justified by her 4works.
20 Then He began to reproach the cities in which most of His aworks of power took place, because they did not repent:
21 aWoe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, bBethsaida! For if the works of power which took place in you had taken place in cTyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in dsackcloth and eashes.
22 But I say to you, It will be 1amore tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
23 And you, aCapernaum, who have been bexalted to heaven, cto 1dHades you will be brought down. For if the works of power which took place in you had taken place in Sodom, it would have remained until today.
24 But I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of aSodom in the day of judgment than for you.
4. Acknowledging the Father's Will with Extolment
25 aAt that time Jesus 1answered and said, I 2extol You, Father, 3bLord of heaven and of earth, because You have hidden 4these things from the 5wise and intelligent and have revealed them to 6infants.
26 Yes, Father, for thus it has been well-pleasing 1in Your sight.
27 1aAll things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one fully 2bknows the Son except the Father; neither does anyone fully 2cknow the Father except the Son and him to whom the Son wills to dreveal Him.
5. Calling the Burdened to Rest and the Way to Rest
28 aCome to Me all who 1btoil and are burdened, and I will give you 2rest.
29 1Take My 2yoke upon you and alearn from Me, for I am 3bmeek and 3lowly in heart, and you will find crest for your 4souls.
30 For My 1yoke is 2aeasy and My 1burden is light.