When they heard him, all the people, including the tax-gatherers, praised God, for they had accepted John’s Baptism. But the Pharisees and lawyers, by refusing his baptism, had rejected God’s purpose for themselves.
“How can I describe the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace, shouting to each other:
‘We piped for you and you would not dance.
We wept and wailed, and you would not mourn.’
“For John came, neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you said, ‘He is possessed!’ I came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-gatherers and sinners!’ And yet God’s wisdom is manifest in all her children.”