Matthew 11:20-30

The Inclusive Version

Then Jesus began to denounce the cities where most of the miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. "Woe to you, Chorazin         Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles worked in you had been worked in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes! But the truth is, it will go easier for Tyre and Sidon than for you on the Judgment Day.

"As for you, Capernaum, do you intend to ascend to the heavens? No, you will go down to the underworld! If the miracles worked for you had taken place in Sodom, it would be standing today. But the truth is it will go easier for Sodom than for you on the Judgment Day."

Then Jesus prayed, "Abba God, Creator of heaven and earth, to you I offer praise; for what you have hidden from the learned and the clever, you have revealed to the youngest children. Yes, Abba, everything is as you want it to be."

Jesus continued,

"Everything has been handed over to me

by Abba God.

No one knows the Only Begotten

except Abba God,

and no one knows Abba God

except the Only Begotten-

and those to whom the Only Begotten

wants to give that revelation.

Come to me,

all you who labor and carry heavy burdens,

and I will take my yoke upon my shoulders

and learn from me,

for I am gentle and humble of heart.

Here you will find rest for your souls,

for my yoke is easy

and my burden is light."


For the Word of God in Scripture,

for the Word of God within us,

for the Word of God among us,

thanks be to God.