1 Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in
prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.
2 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to
have thy brother's wife.
3 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have
killed him; but she could not:
4 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an
holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him
gladly. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude,
because they counted him as a prophet.
5 And it came to pass, when Joshua had made an end of commanding his twelve
disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
6 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ
(from his disciples), he sent two of his disciples, ( to ask him, If his he
that should come, or do we look for another?)
7 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto
thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
8 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and
plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
Then Joshua answering said unto them, Go your way, and
tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame
walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor
the gospel is preached.
10 And blessed is he, whosoever
shall not be offended in me.
11 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to
speak unto the people concerning John, What went
ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
12 But what went ye out for to
see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously
apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.
13 But what went ye out for to
see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
14 This is he, of whom it is
written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy
way before thee.
I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater
prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is
greater than he.
from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth
violence, and the violent take it by force.
17 For all the prophets and the
law prophesied until John and if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was
for to come
18 He that hath ears to hear,
let him hear.
19 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans,
justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and
lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of
20 And the Lord said, Whereunto
then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
21 They are like unto children
sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have
piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not
22 For John the Baptist came
neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.
23 The Son of man is come
eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a
friend of publicans and sinners!
wisdom is justified of all her children.