24 When Johns messengers had gone, Jesus* began to speak to the crowds about John:* What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?
25What then did you go out to see? Someone* dressed in soft robes? Look, those who put on fine clothing and live in luxury are in royal palaces.
26What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
27This is the one about whom it is written,
See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.
28I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. 29(And all the people who heard this, including the tax-collectors, acknowledged the justice of God,* because they had been baptized with Johns baptism. 30But by refusing to be baptized by him, the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected Gods purpose for themselves.)
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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