New American Standard Bible
And His disciples asked Him, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
King James Bible
And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
Darby Bible Translation
And his disciples demanded of him saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first have come?
World English Bible
His disciples asked him, saying, "Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
Young's Literal Translation
And his disciples questioned him, saying, 'Why then do the scribes say that Elijah it behoveth to come first?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
See also Mark 9:11-13.
Why then say the scribes ... - The disciples appear to have been satisfied now that he was the Messiah. The transfiguration had taken away all their doubts, but they recollected that it was a common doctrine among the Jews that Elijah would appear before the Messiah came, and they did not then recollect that he had appeared. To this difficulty the word then refers. "We are satisfied that thou art the Christ, but Elijah has not yet come, as was expected; what, then, is the meaning of the common opinions of our learned men, the scribes? Were they right or wrong in their expectation of Elijah?" See the notes at Matthew 11:14.
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