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,

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.

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;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - All men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not. There was general expectation at that time among the Jews that Messiah's coming was at hand. This strange feeling that something momentous was about to happen to mankind was not confined to the Jews of Palestine, it strongly influenced the Jews who were dispersed in foreign countries - Egypt, Greece, Italy, etc., and through them it had even reached many of the Gentiles who were brought into contact with the chosen people. This idea among the Jews, that John was probably the looked-for deliverer, is only mentioned by St. Luke-another proof that the source of his information was quite distinct from that used by Matthew and Mark.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And as the people were in expectation, of the coming of the Messiah; Daniel's seventy weeks being now accomplished, the sceptre being departed from Judah, and the Romans having the government in their hands, from whom they hoped for a deliverance by Christ;

and all men mused in their hearts of John; whether he were the Christ, or no; about which they had many reasonings and debates: some doubting of it, others ready to believe it, from his extraordinary birth, the singular holiness of his life, the power and efficacy of his doctrine, the new ordinance he administered, the restoration of religion by him, the freedom he took in reproving the vices of men, and the apt answers he gave to the questions now put to him. And that the Messiah was born, though he was not, as yet, made manifest, they might conclude, not only from the fulfilment of several prophecies, but from the song of Zacharias, the declaration of Simeon and Anna in the temple, and of the wise men that came from the east; and John appearing in such an unusual manner, they were ready to hope that he was the person; though they did not consider that he was of the tribe of Levi, and not of Judah; from which latter the Messiah was to spring; but this might be unattended to by them, and Satan might have an hand in it to hide the true Messiah from them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15-17. whether he were the Christ—showing both how successful he had been in awakening the expectation of Messiah's immediate appearing, and the high estimation, and even reverence, which his own character commanded. (Also see on [1555]Mt 3:10.)

Luke 3:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Mission of John the Baptist
14Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, "And what about us, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages." 15Now 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, 16John answered and said to them all, "As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:7
They discussed this among themselves and said, "It is because we didn't bring any bread."

John 1:19
Now this was John's testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.

John 1:20
He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Messiah."
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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