New American Standard Bible
And some tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?"
King James Bible
Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
Darby Bible Translation
And tax-gatherers came also to be baptised, and they said to him, Teacher, what should we do?
World English Bible
Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, "Teacher, what must we do?"
Young's Literal Translation
And there came also tax-gatherers to be baptised, and they said unto him, 'Teacher, what shall we do?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The publicans - See the notes at Matthew 5:47. There is reason to think that the "publicans" or "tax-gatherers" were especially oppressive and hard in their dealings with the people; and that, as they had every opportunity of exacting more than they ought, so they often did it, and thus enriched themselves. The evidence of repentance in them would be to break off their sins in this respect, and to deal justly.
LibraryJohn's Witness to Jesus, and God's
'And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; 16. John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 17. Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable. …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions Of Holy Scripture
Genealogy According to Luke.
Quirinius the Governor of Syria
"For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
"For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.
And the crowds were questioning him, saying, "Then what shall we do?"
And he said to them, "Collect no more than what you have been ordered to."
When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged God's justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John.
Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?"
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