7 Now when these are going, Jesus began to be saying to the crowd concerning John: What did you come out into the wilderness to see, [a] reed shaken by the wind? 8 So what did you come out to behold? [a] man clothed in soft [things]? Behold those wearing soft [things] are in the houses of the kings. 9 So why did you come out? To behold [a] prophet? Yes, I say to you, and much more than a prophet. 10 This is he of whom it is written1:
Behold I send my messenger before my face,
Who will prepare the way before me.
11 Truly I say to you, there has not arisen [one] born of women greater than John the baptizing [one]. But the least in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he. 12 But from the days of John the baptizing [one] until now the kingdom of the heavens suffers violence, and violent men ravish2 her. 13 For all the prophets and law until John prophesied [it]. 14 And if you wish to accept [it], he himself is Elijah, the [one] destined to be coming. 15 The [one] having ears to be hearing3 let4 him be hearing.
16 So to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-place who call to the others 17 saying:
We played the flute for you and you did not dance,
We mourned and you did not beat yourself.
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and you say: He has a demon. 19 The son of man came eating and drinking, and you say: Behold [this] man is [a] glutton and [a] wino, [a] friend of tax-collectors and sinners. And wisdom is justified by her children5.
28 Come to me all [you who are] exhausted and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your psyche-lives9 . 30 For my yoke is kind and my burden is light.
2or "carry her off"
3"ears to be hearing" ℵ W H vg most; "ears" BD
5"children" DK most vg; "works" ℵBW
6"Hades" (αδης ), the Greek underworld.
7KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'
8or "agree with you"
9from PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. Animals have PSYCHEs as well as humans. Contrast ZOE (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected.