Luke 7:27
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New International Version
This is the one about whom it is written: "'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'

New Living Translation
John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say, Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way before you.'

English Standard Version
This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’

New American Standard Bible
"This is the one about whom it is written, 'BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.'

King James Bible
This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is the one it is written about: Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You; he will prepare Your way before You.

International Standard Version
This is the man about whom it is written, 'See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'

NET Bible
This is the one about whom it is written, 'Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“This is he about whom it is written: 'Behold, I am sending my messenger before your face to prepare the way before you.'”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
John is the one about whom Scripture says, 'I am sending my messenger ahead of you to prepare the way in front of you.'

Jubilee Bible 2000
This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.

King James 2000 Bible
This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way before you.

American King James Version
This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, which shall prepare your way before you.

American Standard Version
This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, Who shall prepare thy way before thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
This is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.

Darby Bible Translation
This is he concerning whom it is written, Behold, *I* send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee;

English Revised Version
This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, Who shall prepare thy way before thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
This is he, concerning whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.

Weymouth New Testament
John is the man about whom it is written, 'See, I am sending My messenger before thy face, and he shall make ready thy way before thee.'

World English Bible
This is he of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'

Young's Literal Translation
this is he concerning whom it hath been written, Lo, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 27. - This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. He quietly answers the question surging up in the listeners' hearts. No; not Messiah, but his forerunner. Centuries ago the mission of this John was foretold, and exactly described by one of the well-known and honoured prophet line. They who were listening, many of them, knew the words well, as the Teacher quoted from the great Malachi. The old ring of the famous prediction was unchanged; perhaps few of the by-standers noticed the slight alteration which was made by Jesus as he quoted. But in after-days the deep significance of the seemingly trifling change, we may well imagine, was the subject of many a deep solemn hour of meditation among the twelve and the early leaders of the faith. The words in Malachi 3.1 stand thus: "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me." Our Lord so changes the text that, instead of "before me," it reads with this slight difference, "Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee." The Lord who speaks by the prophets in Malachi announces himself as the coming angel of the covenant: "my messenger shall prepare the way before me;" but this, the Lord who is come as the Son of man, may not as yet openly declare; it is enough that by the thrice-repeated σοῦ ("thy face," "thy way," "before thee"), he signifies that he is marked out and referred to by the Father. See how, without directly uttering it, he nevertheless announces his ἐω εἰμι ("I am he") in his sublime humility (so Stier, 'Words of the Lord Jesus'). Godet presents the same thought from another point of view: "In the prophet's eyes he who was sending, and he before whom the way was to be prepared, were one and the same Person, Jehovah. Hence the ' before me' of Malachi. But for Jesus, who is speaking of himself, and never confounds himself with the Father, a distinction became necessary. It is not Jehovah speaking of himself but Jehovah speaking to Jesus; hence the form 'before thee.'"

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

This is he of whom it is written,.... In Malachi 3:1. See Gill on Matthew 11:10. See Gill on Mark 1:2.



Luke 7:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Testifies about John
26"But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and one who is more than a prophet. 27"This is the one about whom it is written, 'BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.' 28"I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."…
Cross References
Malachi 3:1
"I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty.

Matthew 11:10
This is the one about whom it is written: "'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'

Mark 1:2
as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way" --

Luke 1:76
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,

Luke 7:26
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Luke 7:28
I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."
Treasury of Scripture

This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, which shall prepare your way before you.

Behold.

Luke 1:15-17,76 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither …

Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way …

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

Malachi 4:5,6 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the …

John 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight …

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