New International Version

Matthew 11

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.[a]

When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[b] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

As 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? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written:

“‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way before you.’[c]

11 Truly 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. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence,[d] and violent people have been raiding it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 15 Whoever 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.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The 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

20 Then 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. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.[e] For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But 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

25 At 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. 26 Yes, 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. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 11:1 Greek in their towns
  2. Matthew 11:5 The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin.
  3. Matthew 11:10 Mal. 3:1
  4. Matthew 11:12 Or been forcefully advancing
  5. Matthew 11:23 That is, the realm of the dead

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

马太福音 11

耶稣和施洗者约翰

1耶稣嘱咐完十二个门徒,就离开那里,到附近的城镇传道和教导人。

约翰在监狱中听到基督所做的事,就差两个门徒去问祂: “你就是那位我们所等候的救主吗?还是我们要等别人呢?”

耶稣回答说:“你们回去把所见所闻告诉约翰, 就是瞎子看见,瘸子走路,麻风病人得洁净,聋子听见,死人复活,穷人听到福音。 凡对我没有失去信心的人有福了!”

他们离开后,耶稣对众人谈起约翰,说:“你们从前去旷野要看什么呢?看随风摇动的芦苇吗? 如果不是,你们到底想看什么?是看穿绫罗绸缎的人吗?那些穿绫罗绸缎的人生活在王宫里。 你们究竟想看什么?看先知吗?是的,我告诉你们,他不只是先知。 10 圣经上说,‘看啊,我要差遣我的使者在你前面为你预备道路’,这里所指的就是约翰。 11 我实在告诉你们,凡妇人所生的,没有一个兴起来比施洗者约翰大,然而天国里最微不足道的也比他大。

12 “从施洗者约翰到现在,天国一直在强劲地扩展着,强劲的人要抓住它。 13 因为到约翰为止,所有的先知和律法都在预言天国的事。 14 如果你们愿意接受,约翰就是那要来的以利亚。 15 有耳可听的都应该留心听。

16 “这个世代的人好像什么呢?他们好像一群在街上玩耍的儿童对别的孩子说,

17 “‘我们吹娶亲的乐曲,
你们不跳舞;
我们唱送葬的哀歌,
你们不悲伤。’

18 约翰来了,也不吃也不喝,他们就说他被鬼附身。 19 人子来了,又吃又喝,他们就说祂是贪吃好酒之徒,与税吏和罪人为友。然而智慧会在她的作为上得到验证。”

不肯悔改的城

20 那时,耶稣开始责备一些城镇,因为祂在那里行了许多神迹,当地的居民仍不肯悔改。 21 祂说:“哥拉汛啊,你大祸临头了!伯赛大啊,你大祸临头了!我在你们当中所行的神迹,如果行在泰尔和西顿,那里的人早就身披麻衣,头蒙灰尘,悔改了。 22 所以我告诉你们,在审判之日,你们将比泰尔和西顿受更重的刑罚!

23 “迦百农啊,你将被提升到天上吗?不!你将被打落到阴间。因为若把在你那里所行的神迹行在所多玛,它肯定会存留到今天。 24 所以我告诉你们,在审判之日,你们将比所多玛受更重的刑罚!”

劳苦者得安息

25 那时,耶稣说:“父啊,天地的主,我颂赞你,因为你把这些事向聪明、有学问的人隐藏起来,却启示给像孩童一般的人。 26 父啊,是的,这正是你的美意。 27 我父将一切交给了我。除了父,没有人认识子;除了子和受子启示的人,没有人认识父。

28 “所有劳苦困乏、背负重担的人啊,到我这里来吧!我要赐给你们安息。 29 我心柔和谦卑,你们要负我的轭,向我学习,这样你们的心灵必得享安息。 30 因为我的轭容易负,我的担子很轻省。”