New American Standard Bible
"But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.
King James Bible
But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
Darby Bible Translation
But what went ye out to see? a prophet? Yea, I say to you, and more than a prophet:
World English Bible
But why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet.
Young's Literal Translation
'But what went ye out to see? -- a prophet? yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A prophet? - He next asks whether they went to see a prophet. They had regarded him as such, and Jesus tells them that in this their apprehensions of him were correct.
More than a prophet - Sustaining a character more elevated and sacred than the most distinguished of the ancient prophets. Those had been regarded as the most eminent of the prophets who had most clearly predicted the Messiah. Isaiah had been distinguished above all others for the sublimity of his writings, and the clearness with which he had foretold the coming of Christ. Yet John surpassed even him. He lived in the time of the Messiah himself. He predicted his coming with still more clarity. He was the instrument of introducing him to the nation. He was, therefore, first among the prophets.
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'I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.' --MATT. xi. 25. When Jesus was about to cure one dumb man, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and sighed. Sorrow filled His soul in the act of working deliverance. The thought of the depth of the miseries He had come to heal, and of the ocean of them which He was then diminishing but by one poor drop, saddened Him. When Jesus thought of the woes that had …
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The Meek and Lowly One
"But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings' palaces!
Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet.
"But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet."
"And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on BEFORE THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS;
"But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet."
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