Jesus Praises John the Baptist
7As they went away, 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?8What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces.9What then 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,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’11Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.12From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John came;14and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.15Let anyone with ears listen!