Luke 7:19
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New International Version
he sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?"

New Living Translation
and he sent them to the Lord to ask him, "Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?"

English Standard Version
calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

Berean Study Bible
So John called two of his disciples and sent them to ask the Lord, "Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?"

Berean Literal Bible
And having summoned a certain two his disciples, John sent them to the Lord saying, "Are You the coming One, or are we to look for another?"

New American Standard Bible
Summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?"

King James Bible
And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and sent them to the Lord, asking, "Are You the One who is to come, or should we look for someone else?"

International Standard Version
and sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the Coming One, or should we wait for someone else?"

NET Bible
and sent them to Jesus to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"

New Heart English Bible
John, calling to himself two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yohannan called two of his disciples, and he sent them to Yeshua and he said, “Are you The One who was coming or are we waiting for another?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and sent them to ask the Lord, "Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for someone else?"

New American Standard 1977
And summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

King James 2000 Bible
And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Are you he that should come? or look we for another?

American King James Version
And John calling to him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Are you he that should come? or look we for another?

American Standard Version
And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to the Lord, saying, Art thou he that cometh, or look we for another?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And John called to him two of his disciples, and sent them to Jesus, saying: Art thou he that art to come; or look we for another?

Darby Bible Translation
and John, having called two of his disciples, sent to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that is coming, or are we to wait for another?

English Revised Version
And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to the Lord, saying, Art thou he that cometh, or look we for another?

Webster's Bible Translation
And John calling two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

Weymouth New Testament
so John called two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord. "Are you the Coming One?" he asked, "or is there another that we are to expect?"

World English Bible
John, calling to himself two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying, "Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for another?"

Young's Literal Translation
and John having called near a certain two of his disciples, sent unto Jesus, saying, 'Art thou he who is coming, or for another do we look?'
Study Bible
John's Inquiry
18Then John’s disciples informed him about all these things. 19So John called two of his disciples and sent them to ask the Lord, “Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?” 20The men came to Jesus and said, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?’”…
Cross References
Luke 7:13
When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said, "Do not weep."

Luke 7:20
The men came to Jesus and said, "John the Baptist sent us to ask, 'Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?'"

Luke 10:1
After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place He was about to visit.

Luke 11:1
One day in a place where Jesus had just finished praying, one of His disciples requested, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."

Luke 11:39
"Now then," said the Lord, "you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.

Luke 12:42
And the Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their portion at the proper time?

Luke 13:15
"You hypocrites!" the Lord replied, "Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it to water?

Luke 17:5
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"

Luke 17:6
And the Lord answered, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.

Luke 18:6
And the Lord said, "Listen to the words of the unjust judge.
Treasury of Scripture

And John calling to him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Are you he that should come? or look we for another?

John. When we remember the Baptist's solemn testimony to Christ, the sign from heaven, and the miraculous impulse which made him acknowledge Jesus the Messiah, we shall be constrained to think that he sent to Christ, not for his own satisfaction, but for that of his disciples.

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Luke 10:1 After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent …

Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, …

Mark 6:7 And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them forth by …

Acts 10:7,8 And when the angel which spoke to Cornelius was departed, he called …

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy …

Art.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your …

Genesis 22:18 And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because …

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

Deuteronomy 18:15-18 The LORD your God will raise up to you a Prophet from the middle …

Psalm 110:1-4 The LORD said to my Lord, Sit you at my right hand, until I make …

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin …

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a …

Isaiah 40:10,11 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall …

Isaiah 59:20,21 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and to them that turn from transgression …

Jeremiah 23:5,6 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David …

Daniel 9:24-26 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands …

Haggai 2:7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

Malachi 3:1-3 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise …

John 4:25 The woman said to him, I know that Messias comes, which is called …

(19) Two of his disciples.--According to some MSS. of St. Matthew, which give simply, sent through His disciples, St. Luke's account is the only one that gives the number of the disciples sent.

Sent them to Jesus.--Some of the best MSS. give, "to the Lord." (See Note on Luke 7:13.)

Verse 19. - And John calling unto him two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? What, now, was in John the Baptist's mind, when from his prison he sent his disciples to ask Jesus this anxious question? Disappointed in the career of Jesus, possibly himself partly forgotten, accustomed to the wild freedom of a desert-life, suffering from the hopeless imprisonment, - had his faith begun to waver? or was the question put with a view of reassuring his own disciples, with the intention of giving these faithful followers of his an opportunity of convincing themselves of the power and real glory of Jesus? In other words, was it for his own sake or for his disciples sakes that he sent to ask the question? Generally speaking, the second of these two conclusions - that which ascribed the question to a desire on the part of John to help his disciples (which we will call B) - was adopted by the expositors of the early Church. A good example of this school of interpretation is the following quotation from St. Jerome: "John does not put this question from ignorance, for he himself had proclaimed Christ to be 'the Lamb of God.' But as our Lord asked concerning the body of Lazarus, 'Where have ye laid him?' (John 11:34), in order that they who answered the question might, by their own answer, be led to faith, so John, now about to be slain by Herod, sends his disciples to Jesus, in order that, by this occasion, they who were jealous of the fame of Jesus (Luke 9:14; John 3:26) might see his mighty works and believe in him, and that, while their master asked the question by them, they might hear the truth for themselves" (St. Jerome, quoted by Wordsworth). To the same effect wrote SS. Ambrose, Hilary, Chrysostom, Theophylact. Among the Reformers, Calvin, Beza, and Melancthon contended for this opinion respecting the Baptist's message to Christ, and in our days Stier and Bishop Wordsworth. On the other hand, Tertullian among the Fathers, and nearly all the modern expositors, believe that the question of John was prompted by his own wavering faith - a faltering no doubt shared in by his own disciples. This conclusion (which we will term A) is adopted, with slightly varying modifications, by Meyer, Ewald, Neander, Godet, Plumptre, Farrar, and Morrison. This way - (A) generally adopted by the modern school of expositors - of understanding the Baptist's question to Jesus, is evidently the conclusion which would suggest itself to all minds who went to the story without any preconceived desire to purge the character of a great saint from what they imagine to be a blot; and we shall presently see that our Lord, in his answer to the question, where a rebuke is exquisitely veiled in a beatitude, evidently understood the forerunner's question in this sense. It is thus ever the practice of Holy Scripture; while it tenderly and lovingly handles the characters of its heroes, it never flinches from the truth. We see God's noblest saints, such as Moses and Elijah (John's own prototype) in the Old Testament, Peter and Paul in the New Testament, depicted in this book of truth with all their faults; nothing is hid. Only one flawless character appears in its storied pages - it is only the Master of Peter and Paul who never turns aside from the path of right. And John calling unto him two of his disciples,.... Which were a sufficient number to be sent on an errand, to ask a question, and report the answer, or bear witness to any fact they should see, or hear done.

Sent them unto Jesus, saying, art thou he that should come, or look we for another? not that he doubted that Jesus was the Messiah; nor was it for his own satisfaction so much that he sent these disciples of his with this question, but for theirs; and to remove all doubt and hesitation from them about Christ. 7:19-35 To his miracles in the kingdom of nature, Christ adds this in the kingdom of grace, To the poor the gospel is preached. It clearly pointed out the spiritual nature of Christ's kingdom, that the messenger he sent before him to prepare his way, did it by preaching repentance and reformation of heart and life. We have here the just blame of those who were not wrought upon by the ministry of John Baptist or of Jesus Christ himself. They made a jest of the methods God took to do them good. This is the ruin of multitudes; they are not serious in the concerns of their souls. Let us study to prove ourselves children of Wisdom, by attending the instructions of God's word, and adoring those mysteries and glad tidings which infidels and Pharisees deride and blaspheme.
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