|New International Version (©2011)|
And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
New Living Translation (©2007)
And if you are willing to accept what I say, he is Elijah, the one the prophets said would come.
English Standard Version (©2001)
and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
if you're willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who is to come.
International Standard Version (©2012)
If you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.
NET Bible (©2006)
And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, who is to come.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
And if you will, he is Elijah who was to come.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
If you are willing to accept their message, John is the Elijah who was to come.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
And if you will receive it, this is Elijah, who was to come.
American King James Version
And if you will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
American Standard Version
And if ye are willing to receive it, this is Elijah, that is to come.
And if you will receive it, he is Elias that is to come.
Darby Bible Translation
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, who is to come.
English Revised Version
And if ye are willing to receive it, this is Elijah, which is to come.
Webster's Bible Translation
And if ye will receive it, this is Elijah who was to come.
Weymouth New Testament
And (if you are willing to receive it)
World English Bible
If you are willing to receive it, this is Elijah, who is to come.
Young's Literal Translation
and if ye are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who was about to come;
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
11:7-15 What Christ said concerning John, was not only for his praise, but for the people's profit. Those who attend on the word will be called to give an account of their improvements. Do we think when the sermon is done, the care is over? No, then the greatest of the care begins. John was a self-denying man, dead to all the pomps of the world and the pleasures of sense. It becomes people, in all their appearances, to be consistent with their character and their situation. John was a great and good man, yet not perfect; therefore he came short of glorified saints. The least in heaven knows more, loves more, and does more in praising God, and receives more from him, than the greatest in this world. But by the kingdom of heaven here, is rather to be understood the kingdom of grace, the gospel dispensation in its power and purity. What reason we have to be thankful that our lot is cast in the days of the kingdom of heaven, under such advantages of light and love! Multitudes were wrought upon by the ministry of John, and became his disciples. And those strove for a place in this kingdom, that one would think had no right nor title to it, and so seemed to be intruders. It shows us what fervency and zeal are required of all. Self must be denied; the bent, the frame and temper of the mind must be altered. Those who will have an interest in the great salvation, will have it upon any terms, and not think them hard, nor quit their hold without a blessing. The things of God are of great and common concern. God requires no more from us than the right use of the faculties he has given us. People are ignorant, because they will not learn.
Verse 14 - In Matthew only. And if ye will receive it. Our Lord gives the information plainly, but doubts if it will be of any use to them. Will (θέλετε). For the reception of a truth depends upon the attitude of the will In this case to acknowledge John as Elijah would mean to accept the present consequences of that reformation which Elijah was to bring about (Malachi 4:6). But "the human will has a natural disinclination to cultivate and sharpen the conscience in combination with the knowledge of the law, has no desire to look into this mirror, and men as a rule desire to have quite a different picture of themselves from that which conscience shows them" (Marten-sen's 'Christian Ethics,' 1. § 119). It. My statement. Not him, i.e. John, with Revised Version margin. This (αὐτός). He and no other (ch. 1:21). Is Elias. In spiritual work, not in identity of person (John 1:21). (On the Jewish expectation of the return of Elijah, see Lightfoot, 'Hor. Hebr.,' on Matthew 17:10.) Which was for to come; which is to come (Revised Version). The phrase ὁ μέλλων ἔρχεσθαι) is perhaps best understood, not as an independent remark by our Lord about Elijah, but as a current saying, representing the popular expectation of him, and adopted by our Lord, who gave it his own interpretation. It can hardly point also to a yet future coming of the prophet. But compare Bishop Westcott, on John 1:21, and Schurer, II. 2:156.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
And if ye will receive it,.... The words carry in them some suspicion of unbelief and hardness of heart, as though they would not receive it: however, whether they would or not, it was a certain truth, that
this same person, "John the Baptist",
is Elias, which was for to come; who was appointed by God to come, and was prophesied of Malachi 4:5 that he should come; and even according to the doctrine of the Scribes and Rabbins, he was expected to come before the Messiah; only they in general thought that Elijah the Tishbite, in person, was meant; though some, as before observed (e), were of opinion, that some great prophet equal to Elijah, and endued with the same spirit, is intended; and which is true of John the Baptist, who came "in the Spirit" and "power" of Elias, Luke 1:17. And, as it was usual with the Jews (f), to call Phinehas by the name of Elias, and Elias Phinehas, because of his zeal for the Lord of hosts; for the same reason may John be called by the same name, there being a great resemblance between Elias and him; in their temper and disposition; in their manner of clothing, and austere way of living; in their very great piety and holiness; in their courage and integrity, in reproving vice; and in their zeal and usefulness in the cause of God, and true religion: in respect to which, Christ must be here understood, when he affirms John to be Elias; not Elias in person, but he that was intended by Elias, that was said should come: hence here is no contradiction to the words of the Baptist, in John 1:21 when he says, that he was not Elias; for the Jews, who put the question to him, whether he was Elias, or not? meant whether he was Elias in person, Elias the Tishbite, or not; and so John understood them, and very honestly and sincerely replies, he was not: but he does not deny that he was intended by this Elias, that was prophesied should come; yea, he says such things as might induce them to believe he was that person; hence, Christ, and he, say nothing contrary to, and irreconcilable, as the Jew (g) suggests, with each other.
(e) Vid. Pocock. not. in porta Mosis, p. 219. (f) Baal Hatturim in Numbers 25.12. Kimchi in 1 Chron. 20. Targum Jon. in Exod. vi. 18. (g) R. Isaac Chizzuk Emuna, par. 1. c. 39. & par. 2. c. 15.
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