Matthew 11:16-24

16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,

17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
    we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

18 For John came (A)neither eating (B)nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came (C)eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, (D)a friend of (E)tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”[a]

Woe to Unrepentant Cities

20 (F)Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. 21 (G)“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in (H)Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 (I)But I tell you, it will be more bearable on(J)the day of judgment for (K)Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23 And you,(L)Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to (M)Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 (N)But I tell you that (O)it will be more tolerable on (P)the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”


  1. Matthew 11:19 Some manuscripts children (compare Luke 7:35)
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