New International Version
Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A prophet? yea - and more than a prophet - That is, one more excellent (περισσοτερον) than a prophet; one greatly beyond all who had come before him, being the immediate forerunner of Christ, (see below), and who was especially commissioned to prepare the way of the Lord.
This was a fourth excellency: he was a prophet, a teacher, a man divinely commissioned to point out Jesus and his salvation; and more excellent than any of the old prophets, because he not only pointed out this Christ, but saw him, and had the honor of dying for that sacred truth which he steadily believed and boldly proclaimed.
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'The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children,'--MATT. xi. 19. Jesus very seldom took notice of His enemies' slanders. 'When He was reviled He reviled not again.' If ever He did, it was for the sake of those whom it harmed to distort His beauty. Thus, here He speaks, without the slightest trace of irritation, of the capricious inconsistency of condemning Himself and John …
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If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces.
Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.
But if we say, 'Of human origin'--we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet."
And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
But if we say, 'Of human origin,' all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet."
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