Luke 3:15
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New International Version
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.

New Living Translation
Everyone was expecting the Messiah to come soon, and they were eager to know whether John might be the Messiah.

English Standard Version
As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ,

Berean Study Bible
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John could be the Christ.

Berean Literal Bible
And the people are expecting and all wondering in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ.

New American Standard Bible
Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he was the Christ,

King James Bible
And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now the people were waiting expectantly, and all of them were debating in their minds whether John might be the Messiah.

International Standard Version
Now the people were filled with expectation, and all of them were wondering if John was perhaps the Messiah.

NET Bible
While the people were filled with anticipation and they all wondered whether perhaps John could be the Christ,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But as the people had been thinking about Yohannan and they were all pondering in their hearts whether he were The Messiah,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People's hopes were rising as they all wondered whether John was the Messiah.

New American Standard 1977
Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he might be the Christ,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not,

King James 2000 Bible
And as the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether he was the Christ, or not;

American King James Version
And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;

American Standard Version
And as the people were in expectation, and all men reasoned in their hearts concerning John, whether haply he were the Christ;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And as the people were of opinion, and all were thinking in their hearts of John, that perhaps he might be the Christ;

Darby Bible Translation
But as the people were in expectation, and all were reasoning in their hearts concerning John whether he might be the Christ,

English Revised Version
And as the people were in expectation, and all men reasoned in their hearts concerning John, whether haply he were the Christ;

Webster's Bible Translation
And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts concerning John, whether he was the Christ, or not;

Weymouth New Testament
And while the people were in suspense and all were debating in their minds whether John might possibly be the Anointed One,

World English Bible
As the people were in expectation, and all men reasoned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he was the Christ,

Young's Literal Translation
And the people are looking forward, and all are reasoning in their hearts concerning John, whether or not he may be the Christ;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:15-20 John the Baptist disowned being himself the Christ, but confirmed the people in their expectations of the long-promised Messiah. He could only exhort them to repent, and assure them of forgiveness upon repentance; but he could not work repentance in them, nor confer remission on them. Thus highly does it become us to speak of Christ, and thus humbly of ourselves. John can do no more than baptize with water, in token that they ought to purify and cleanse themselves; but Christ can, and will baptize with the Holy Ghost; he can give the Spirit, to cleanse and purify the heart, not only as water washes off the dirt on the outside, but as fire clears out the dross that is within, and melts down the metal, that it may be cast into a new mould. John was an affectionate preacher; he was beseeching; he pressed things home upon his hearers. He was a practical preacher; quickening them to their duty, and directing them in it. He was a popular preacher; he addressed the people, according to their capacity. He was an evangelical preacher. In all his exhortations, he directed people to Christ. When we press duty upon people, we must direct them to Christ, both for righteousness and strength. He was a copious preacher; he shunned not to declare the whole counsel of God. But a full stop was put to John's preaching when he was in the midst of his usefulness. Herod being reproved by him for many evils, shut up John in prison. Those who injure the faithful servants of God, add still greater guilt to their other sins.
Study Bible
The Mission of John the Baptist
14Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” “Do not take money by force or false accusation,” he said. “Be content with your wages.” 15The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John could be the Christ. 16John answered all of them: “I baptize you with water, but One more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:7
They discussed this among themselves and concluded, "It is because we did not bring any bread."

John 1:19
And this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, "Who are you?"

John 1:20
He did not refuse to confess, but openly declared, "I am not the Christ."
Treasury of Scripture

And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;

expectation. or, suspense.

John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said to him, How long do …

mused. or, reasoned, or debated.

John 1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites …

John 3:28,29 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, …

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