Luke 7:29
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New International Version
(All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus' words, acknowledged that God's way was right, because they had been baptized by John.

New Living Translation
When they heard this, all the people--even the tax collectors--agreed that God's way was right, for they had been baptized by John.

English Standard Version
(When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John,

Berean Study Bible
All the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, acknowledged God's justice. For they had received the baptism of John.

Berean Literal Bible
And all the people having heard, even the tax collectors, declared God righteous, having been baptized with the baptism of John.

New American Standard Bible
When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged God's justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John.

King James Bible
And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
(And when all the people, including the tax collectors, heard this, they acknowledged God's way of righteousness, because they had been baptized with John's baptism.

International Standard Version
By having been baptized with John's baptism, all the people who listened, including the tax collectors, acknowledged God's justice.

NET Bible
(Now all the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, acknowledged God's justice, because they had been baptized with John's baptism.

New Heart English Bible
When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they declared God to be just, having been baptized with John's baptism.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And all the people who heard and also the Tax Collectors justified God, for they had been baptized by the baptism of Yohannan.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"All the people, including tax collectors, heard John. They admitted that God was right by letting John baptize them.

New American Standard 1977
And when all the people and the tax-gatherers heard this, they acknowledged God’s justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And all the people that heard him and the publicans justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

King James 2000 Bible
And all the people that heard him, and the tax collectors, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

American King James Version
And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

American Standard Version
And all the people when they heard, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And all the people hearing, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with John's baptism.

Darby Bible Translation
(And all the people who heard [it], and the tax-gatherers, justified God, having been baptised with the baptism of John;

English Revised Version
And all the people when they heard, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

Webster's Bible Translation
And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

Weymouth New Testament
And all the people, including the tax-gatherers, when they listened to him upheld the righteousness of God, by being baptized with John's baptism.

World English Bible
When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they declared God to be just, having been baptized with John's baptism.

Young's Literal Translation
And all the people having heard, and the tax-gatherers, declared God righteous, having been baptized with the baptism of John,
Study Bible
Jesus Testifies about John
28I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John, yet even the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29All the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, acknowledged God’s justice. For they had received the baptism of John. 30But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:46
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even tax collectors do the same?

Matthew 21:31
Which of the two did the will of his father?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.

Matthew 21:32
For John came to you in a righteous way and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

Luke 3:12
Even tax collectors came to be baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what should we do?"

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

Luke 7:35
But wisdom is vindicated by all her children."

Luke 20:6
But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are convinced that John was a prophet."

Acts 18:25
He had been instructed in the way of the Lord and was fervent in spirit. He spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.

Acts 19:3
"Into what, then, were you baptized?" Paul asked. "The baptism of John," they replied.
Treasury of Scripture

And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

justified.

Luke 7:35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.

Judges 1:7 And Adonibezek said, Three score and ten kings, having their thumbs …

Psalm 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your …

Romans 3:4-6 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is …

Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to …

Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song …

Revelation 16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, You are righteous, O Lord, …

being.

Luke 3:12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said to him, Master, …

Matthew 3:5,6 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region …

Matthew 21:31,32 Whether of them two did the will of his father? They say to him, …

(29) And all the people that heard him . . .--Here the reports begin to vary, St. Luke omitting what we find in St. Matthew as to "the kingdom of heaven suffering violence;" and St. Luke interposing a statement, probably intended for his Gentile readers, as to the effect produced by the preaching of the Baptist on the two classes who stood at opposite extremes of the social and religious life of Juda.

Justified God.--Better, perhaps, acknowledged God as righteous. The word is commonly applied in this sense to man rather than to God; but it appears so used in the quotation in Romans 3:4 from the LXX. version of Psalm 51:4. Here it has a special significance in connection with the statement that follows in Luke 7:35, that "wisdom is justified of all her children."

Verse 29. - And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God. This is not, as many expositors have assumed, a statement of St. Luke's own as to the effect of John's preaching on varied classes of his hearers, but the words are still the words of Jesus; it is a continuation of his eulogy of the Baptist. He says here that the people, "the folk," listened gladly to him; they were persuaded in great numbers of the necessity of a changed life, and were in consequence baptized by him. The meaning of the term, "justified God," is that these, the common folk, by their actions and ready acceptance of the great reformer-preacher, thus publicly declared that they acknowledged the wisdom and goodness of God in this his work through the Baptist; but, as is stated in the next verse - And all the people that heard him,.... Either Christ saying these things in commendation of John, and gave their assent to them, and showed their approbation of them, having been baptized by him; or rather, the people that had heard John preach the doctrines of repentance and faith, and of baptism; for these words seem rather to be the words of Christ, relating the success of John's ministry among different persons:

and the publicans justified God; even those wicked men, who were before profligate and abandoned sinners, when they came under John's ministry, were so wrought upon by the power and grace of God through it, that they approved of, and applauded the wisdom, goodness, and grace of God, in sending such a prophet as John; in qualifying him in the manner he did, and giving in him a commission to preach such doctrines, and administer such an ordinance as he did: and this their approbation of the divine conduct, and their thankfulness for the same, they testified by their

being baptized with the baptism of John; they expressed their sentiments by their obedience; they declared it was right in God to institute such an ordinance, and for John to administer it; and that it became them to submit to it, as a part of righteousness to be fulfilled; they hereby signified, that they thought that it was agreeable to the nature of God, who is holy, just, and good, suitable to the Gospel dispensation, and very fit and proper for them. 29, 30. And all the people that heard—"on hearing (this)." These are the observations of the Evangelist, not of our Lord.

and the publicans—a striking clause.

justified God, being baptized, etc.—rather, "having been baptized." The meaning is, They acknowledged the divine wisdom of such a preparatory ministry as John's, in leading them to Him who now spake to them (see Lu 1:16, 17); whereas the Pharisees and lawyers, true to themselves in refusing the baptism of John, set at naught also the merciful design of God in the Saviour Himself, to their own destruction.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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