Matthew 11:1 And it came to passe, that when Iesus had made an ende of commaundyng his twelue disciples, he departed thence to teache and to preache in their cities.
John sendeth his disciples to Christ.
Matthew 11:2 When Iohn being in prison heard the workes of Christe, he sent two of his disciples, and sayde vnto him: Matthew 11:3 Art thou he that shoulde come? or do we loke for another? Matthew 11:4 Iesus aunswered and sayd vnto them: Go and shewe Iohn agayne what ye haue hearde and seene. Matthew 11:5 The blinde receaue their sight, the halt do walke, the lepers are cleansed, and the deafe heare, the dead are raised vp, and the poore receaue the Gospell. Matthew 11:6 And happy is he that is not offended in me.
Christ's testimony concerning John.
Matthew 11:7 And as they departed, Iesus began to say vnto the multitude cocerning Iohn: What went ye out into the wildernesse to see? A reede shaken with the winde? Matthew 11:8 Or what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft rayment? Beholde, they that weare soft [clothyng] are in kinges houses. Matthew 11:9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophete? yea I say vnto you, and more then a prophete. Matthew 11:10 For this is he of whom it is written: Beholde I sende my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Matthew 11:11 Ueryly I say vnto you, among them that are borne of women, arose not a greater then Iohn the Baptist: Notwithstandyng, he that is lesse in the kingdome of heauen, is greater then he. Matthew 11:12 From the dayes of Iohn the Baptist vntyll nowe, the kingdome of heauen suffereth violence, & the violent plucke it [vnto them.] Matthew 11:13 For all the prophetes and the lawe it selfe prophecied vnto Iohn. Matthew 11:14 And if ye wyll receaue it, this is Elias which was for to come. Matthew 11:15 He that hath eares to heare, let him heare.
The opinion of the people, both concerning John and Christ.
Matthew 11:16 But whervnto shall I liken this generation? It is like vnto litle children, which sit in the markettes, and call vnto their felowes, Matthew 11:17 And say: We haue pyped vnto you, and ye haue not daunsed: we haue mourned vnto you, and ye haue not sorowed. Matthew 11:18 For Iohn came neither eatyng nor drinking, and they say, he hath the deuil. Matthew 11:19 The sonne of man came eatyng and drinking, and they say, behold a glutton and an [vnmeasurable] drinker of wine, and a friende vnto publicans & sinners: And wisdome is iustified of her children.
Christ upbraideth the unthankfulness and unrepentance of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum:
Matthew 11:20 Then began he to vpbrayd the cities which most of his mightie workes were done in, because they repented not. Matthew 11:21 Wo vnto thee Chorazin, wo vnto thee Bethsaida: for if the mightie workes which were shewed in you had ben done in Tyre or Sidon, they had repented long ago in sackcloth and asshes. Matthew 11:22 Neuerthelesse I say vnto you, it shalbe easier for Tyre and Sidon at the day of iudgement, then for you. Matthew 11:23 And thou Capernaum, which art lift vp vnto heauen, shalt be brought downe to hell: For if the mightie workes which haue ben done in thee had ben done among them of Sodome, they had remayned vntyll this day. Matthew 11:24 Neuerthelesse, I say vnto you, that it shalbe easier for the lande of Sodome in the day of iudgement, then for thee.
and praising his Father's wisdom in revealing the Gospel to the simple,
Matthew 11:25 At that tyme Iesus aunswered and sayde: I thanke thee O father, Lorde of heauen and earth, because thou hast hid these thinges from the wise and prudent, and hast shewed them vnto babes. Matthew 11:26 Euen so [it is] O father, for so was it thy good pleasure. Matthew 11:27 All thinges are geuen vnto me of my father: And no man knoweth the sonne but the father, neither knoweth any man the father saue the sonne, and he to whomsoeuer the sonne wyll open him.
he calleth to him all such as feel the burden of their sins.
Matthew 11:28 Come vnto me all ye that labour sore, and are laden, and I wyll ease you. Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke vpon you and learne of me, for I am meeke & lowly in heart: and ye shall finde rest vnto your soules. Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easie, and my burthen is lyght.