The Bible in Its Traditions

Matthew 11:7–15

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Now as these men were going, Jesus began to say to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

Then, after they departed, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

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But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft garments are in kings' houses.

But what went ye out to see? a man clothed in soft [raiment]? Behold, they that wear soft [raiment] are in king`s houses.

If not so, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? Behold those who wear fine clothes are in kingsÆ houses.

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But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and far more [than] a prophet.

And if not so, What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet.

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10  For this is he about whom it is written: 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You.'

10  This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, Who shall prepare thy way before thee.

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11  "Assuredly I say to you, among [those] born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

11  Truly I say to you, that among those who are born of women, there has never risen one who is greater than John the Baptist; and yet even the least person in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

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12  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men seize it.

12  But from the days of John the Baptist, even until now, the kingdom of heaven has endured violence, and the violent carry it away.

12  From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been administered by force, and only those in power control it.

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13  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

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14  And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah, the [one] who is about to come.

14  And if you wish, accept it, that he is Elijah who was to come.

14  And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

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15  He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

15  He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.