John 1:24
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New International Version
Now the Pharisees who had been sent

New Living Translation
Then the Pharisees who had been sent

English Standard Version
(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.)

New American Standard Bible
Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.

King James Bible
And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.

International Standard Version
Now those men had been sent from the Pharisees.

NET Bible
(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they that were sent were of the Pharisees.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some of those who had been sent were Pharisees.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And those who were sent were of the Pharisees.

King James 2000 Bible
And they who were sent were of the Pharisees.

American King James Version
And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.

American Standard Version
And they had been sent from the Pharisees.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they that were sent, were of the Pharisees.

Darby Bible Translation
And they were sent from among the Pharisees.

English Revised Version
And they had been sent from the Pharisees.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they who were sent were of the Pharisees.

Weymouth New Testament
They were Pharisees who had been sent.

World English Bible
The ones who had been sent were from the Pharisees.

Young's Literal Translation
And those sent were of the Pharisees,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:19-28 John disowns himself to be the Christ, who was now expected and waited for. He came in the spirit and power of Elias, but he was not the person of Elias. John was not that Prophet whom Moses said the Lord would raise up to them of their brethren, like unto him. He was not such a prophet as they expected, who would rescue them from the Romans. He gave such an account of himself, as might excite and awaken them to hearken to him. He baptized the people with water as a profession of repentance, and as an outward sign of the spiritual blessings to be conferred on them by the Messiah, who was in the midst of them, though they knew him not, and to whom he was unworthy to render the meanest service.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - And they had been sent from the Pharisees, which amounts to the same thing as "they which were sent were of the Pharisees," and it is after the manner of John to introduce explanatory, retrospective comment, which may throw light on what follows (vers. 41, 45; John 4:30; John 11:5). The οϋν of the following verse shows that we have still to do with the same deputation. The Pharisees were accustomed to lustral rites, but had legal points to make as to the authority of any man who dared to impose them upon the sacred nation, and especially on their own section, which made its special boast of ceremonial exactitude and purity. They might justify an old prophet, or the Elijah of Malachi, and still more the Christ himself, should he call men to baptismal cleansing. But the dim mysterious "voice in the wilderness," even if John could prove his words, had no such prescriptive claim. The Pharisaic priests and Levites would take strong views on the baptismal question, and even exalt it into a more eminent place in their thoughts than the fundamental question, "Art thou the very Christ?" The same confusion of essential and accidental elements of religious truth and life was not confined to old Pharisees.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. Who were the straitest sect of religion among the Jews; were very zealous of the traditions of the elders, and professed an expectation of the Messiah; and were famous in the nation for their knowledge and learning, as well as for their devotion and sanctity: and many of them were in the sanhedrim, as appears from John 3:1; see Gill on Matthew 3:7.



John 1:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Mission of John the Baptist
23He said, "I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,' as Isaiah the prophet said." 24Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25They asked him, and said to him, "Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"…
Cross References
John 1:23
John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.'"

John 1:25
questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
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