Matthew 11:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus ended directing his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
John sendeth his disciples to Christ.
Matthew 11:2 And John having heard in the prison the works of the Christ, having sent two of his disciples, Matthew 11:3 said to him, 'Art thou He who is coming, or for another do we look?' Matthew 11:4 And Jesus answering said to them, 'Having gone, declare to John the things that ye hear and see, Matthew 11:5 blind receive sight, and lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and deaf hear, dead are raised, and poor have good news proclaimed, Matthew 11:6 and happy is he who may not be stumbled in me.'
Christ's testimony concerning John.
Matthew 11:7 And as they are going, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, 'What went ye out to the wilderness to view?a reed shaken by the wind? Matthew 11:8 'But what went ye out to see?a man clothed in soft garments? lo, those wearing the soft things are in the kings' houses. Matthew 11:9 'But what went ye out to see?a prophet? yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet, Matthew 11:10 for this is he of whom it hath been written, Lo, I do send My messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee. Matthew 11:11 Verily I say to you, there hath not risen, among those born of women, a greater than John the Baptist, but he who is least in the reign of the heavens is greater than he. Matthew 11:12 'And, from the days of John the Baptist till now, the reign of the heavens doth suffer violence, and violent men do take it by force, Matthew 11:13 for all the prophets and the law till John did prophesy, Matthew 11:14 and if ye are willing to receive [it], he is Elijah who was about to come; Matthew 11:15 he who is having ears to hearlet him hear.
The opinion of the people, both concerning John and Christ.
Matthew 11:16 'And to what shall I liken this generation? it is like little children in market-places, sitting and calling to their comrades, Matthew 11:17 and saying, We piped unto you, and ye did not dance, we lamented to you, and ye did not smite the breast. Matthew 11:18 'For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a demon; Matthew 11:19 the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Lo, a man, a glutton, and a wine-drinker, a friend of tax-gatherers and sinners, and wisdom was justified of her children.'
Christ upbraideth the unthankfulness and unrepentance of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum:
Matthew 11:20 Then began he to reproach the cities in which were done most of his mighty works, because they did not reform. Matthew 11:21 'Woe to thee, Chorazin! woe to thee, Bethsaida! because, if in Tyre and Sidon had been done the mighty works that were done in you, long ago in sackcloth and ashes they had reformed; Matthew 11:22 but I say to you, to Tyre and Sidon it shall be more tolerable in a day of judgment than for you. Matthew 11:23 'And thou, Capernaum, which unto the heaven wast exalted, unto hades shalt be brought down, because if in Sodom had been done the mighty works that were done in thee, it had remained unto this day; Matthew 11:24 but I say to you, to the land of Sodom it shall be more tolerable in a day of judgment than to thee.'
and praising his Father's wisdom in revealing the Gospel to the simple,
Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answering said, 'I do confess to Thee, Father, Lord of the heavens and of the earth, that thou didst hide these things from wise and understanding ones, and didst reveal them to babes. Matthew 11:26 Yes, Father, because so it was good pleasure before Thee. Matthew 11:27 'All things were delivered to me by my Father, and none doth know the Son, except the Father, nor doth any know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son may wish to reveal [Him].
he calleth to him all such as feel the burden of their sins.
Matthew 11:28 'Come unto me, all ye labouring and burdened ones, and I will give you rest, Matthew 11:29 take up my yoke upon you, and learn from me, because I am meek and humble in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls, Matthew 11:30 for my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.'