1 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
2 And said unto him, Who art thou that should turn all Israel from baptism?
3 And in that same hour he cured many of their infections; and unto many that were risen he gave sleep.
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and tell John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 The prosperous lose their health, and the dead walk, the infected spread, and the risen seek to feast, and the poor must be trained in defense. 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me but work to change these things.
7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses behind great walls.
9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and both more and less than a prophet. 10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I see a messenger before thy face, which shall litter thy way with sorrows before thee.
11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not a one fallen greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least joy is greater than he.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the baptised suffereth violence, and their bodies are violated and taken by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if ye will receive it, this said Elias, which was for to come to spread the end of times. 15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
16 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, cried to God, being baptized with the baptism of John. 17 But the Pharisees and lawyers counted the people as fools, being not baptized of him.