Jesus and John the Baptist
1After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.11:1 Greek in their towns
2When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
4Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy11:5 The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin. are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
7As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 8If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. 9Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10This is the one about whom it is written:
“ ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’11:10 Mal. 3:1
11Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence,11:12 Or been forcefully advancing and violent people have been raiding it. 13For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 15Whoever has ears, let them hear.
16“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
17“ ‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.’
18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”
Woe on Unrepentant Towns
20Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.11:23 That is, the realm of the dead For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
The Father Revealed in the Son
25At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
27“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Yesu Ne Osuboni Yohane
1Yesu wiee nʼasuafo dumien no kasakyerɛ no, ofii hɔ kɔɔ nkurow a ɛbemmɛn no mu kɔkyerɛkyerɛɛ asɛm no.
2Osuboni Yohane a saa bere no na ɔda afiase no tee anwonwade a Kristo reyɛ no, ɔsomaa nʼasuafo bebisaa no se, 3“Wo ne nea ɔreba no, anaa yɛnhwɛ ɔfoforo anim?”
4Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Monsan nkɔ nkɔka anwonwade a moahu ne nea moate nkyerɛ Yohane se, 5anifuraefo hu ade, mmubuafo nantew, akwatafo ho fi, asotifo te asɛm, na awufo nso nyan. Afei monka nkyerɛ no se, meka asɛmpa no kyerɛ ahiafo. 6Monsan nka nkyerɛ no bio se, Nhyira ne wɔn a merento wɔn hintidua.”
7Yohane asuafo no kɔe no, Yesu fii ase kaa Yohane ho asɛm kyerɛɛ nnipadɔm no. Obisaa wɔn se, “Mokɔɔ sare so no, dɛn na mokɔɔ sɛ morekɔhwɛ? Sare a mframa rebɔ no? 8Anaa na mususuw sɛ mubehu ɔbarima bi a wahyehyɛ sɛ ɔhene ba te ahemfi? 9Anaa Onyankopɔn diyifo? Ɛno de, mereka akyerɛ mo se, nea muhuu no no sen odiyifo mpo. 10Na saa Yohane yi na Kyerɛwsɛm no ka fa ne ho se,
“ ‘Mɛsoma me bɔfo adi wʼanim kan.
Ɔno na obesiesie ɔkwan ama wo.’
11Nokware ni, nnipa a mmea awo wɔn nyinaa mu, obiara nni hɔ a wagye din sɛ Osuboni Yohane. Nanso nea ɔyɛ aketewa koraa wɔ Ɔsoro Ahenni mu no yɛ ɔkɛse sen no! 12Na efi bere a Osuboni Yohane fii ase kaa asɛmpa no, bɔɔ nkurɔfo asu de besi nnɛ no, Ɔsoro Ahenni no de tumi retrɛw na nnipadɔm a wɔn ani abere no refa no anuɔden so. 13Ansa na Yohane rebɛba no, na adiyifo ne Mose mmara no aka ɔsoro ahenni no ho asɛm dedaw. 14Sɛ mopɛ sɛ mote nea mereka no ase de a, Yohane no, ɔno ne Elia a adiyifo no hyɛɛ ne ho nkɔm se ɔbɛba no. 15Nea ɔwɔ aso no, ontie!
16“Dɛn ho na metumi de nnɛmmafo yi atoto? Wɔte sɛ mmofra a wɔte baabi redi agoru. Ɔfa ka kyerɛ ɔfa se,
17“ ‘Yɛtoo anigye nnwom maa mo,
Yɛtoo awerɛhow nnwom nso maa mo,
18Yohane bae a onnidi na ɔnnom no, wose, ‘Ɔwɔ honhommɔne.’ 19Onipa Ba no bae a odidi na ɔnom no nso wose, ‘Monhwɛ odidifo ne ɔkɔwensani a ɔne towgyefo ne nnebɔneyɛfo fa nnamfo.’ Nanso nea efi Onyankopɔn nyansa mu ba no ma nokware da adi.”
Korasin, Betsaida Ne Kapernaum, Munnue!
20Afei, ofii ase kaa nkurow a ɔyɛɛ anwonwade ahorow wɔ hɔ nanso wɔansakra wɔn adwene no anim se, 21“Korasin, due! Betsaida, due! Anwonwade a meyɛɛ no mo mu no, sɛ meyɛɛ no Tiro ne Sidon a, anka ɛhɔfo no de awerɛhow ne ahonu asakra wɔn adwene dedaw. 22Atemmuda no, asɛm a ɛbɛto wɔn no bɛsen nea ɛbɛto Tiro ne Sidon! 23Na wo Kapernaum, wopɛ sɛ woma wo ho so, nanso wɔbɛbrɛ wo ase de wo akɔ amanehunu kurom. Anwonwade a meyɛɛ no wo hɔ no, sɛ wɔyɛɛ no Sodom a, anka ɛda so wɔ hɔ besi nnɛ. 24Mereka nokware akyerɛ mo se, atemmuda no, Tiro ne Sodom benya gyinabea pa asen mo!”
Agya No Ayeyi
25Asɛnka no akyi, Yesu bɔɔ mpae se, “Agya, ɔsoro ne asase wura, meda wo ase sɛ woanna nokware no adi ankyerɛ wɔn a wosusuw sɛ wɔyɛ anyansafo, na mmom wodaa nokware no adi kyerɛɛ mmofra nkumaa. 26Yiw, Agya, wopɛ mu na woma ɛbaa saa.
27“Mʼagya no de nneɛma nyinaa ahyɛ me nsa. Obiara nnim Ɔba no gye Agya no nko ara. Na obiara nnim Agya no gye Ɔba no, ne wɔn a Ɔba no pɛ sɛ ɔda no adi kyerɛ wɔn.
28“Mo a moayɛ adwuma abrɛ na moasoa nnesoa nyinaa, mommra me nkyɛn, na mɛma mo ahome. 29Momfa me konnua nto mo ho so, na munsua me, efisɛ midwo na mebrɛ me ho ase koma mu, na mubenya ɔhome ama mo kra. 30Efisɛ me konnua yɛ mmerɛw, na mʼadesoa yɛ hare.”