Matthew 11:3
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New International Version
to ask him, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?"

New Living Translation
"Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?"

English Standard Version
and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

New American Standard Bible
and said to Him, "Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?"

King James Bible
And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and asked Him, "Are You the One who is to come, or should we expect someone else?"

International Standard Version
and asked him, "Are you the Coming One, or should we wait for someone else?"

NET Bible
"Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said to him, “Are you he who comes, or is it another we expect?”

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

King James 2000 Bible
And said unto him, Are you he that should come, or do we look for another?

American King James Version
And said to him, Are you he that should come, or do we look for another?

American Standard Version
and said unto him, Art thou he that cometh, or look we for another?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Art thou he that art to come, or look we for another?

Darby Bible Translation
and said to him, Art *thou* the coming [one]? or are we to wait for another?

English Revised Version
and said unto him, Art thou he that cometh, or look we for another?

Webster's Bible Translation
And said to him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

Weymouth New Testament
"Are you the Coming One, or is it a different person that we are to expect?"

World English Bible
and said to him, "Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?"

Young's Literal Translation
said to him, 'Art thou He who is coming, or for another do we look?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:2-6 Some think that John sent this inquiry for his own satisfaction. Where there is true faith, yet there may be a mixture of unbelief. The remaining unbelief of good men may sometimes, in an hour of temptation; call in question the most important truths. But we hope that John's faith did not fail in this matter, and that he only desired to have it strengthened and confirmed. Others think that John sent his disciples to Christ for their satisfaction. Christ points them to what they heard and saw. Christ's gracious condescensions and compassions to the poor, show that it was he that should bring to the world the tender mercies of our God. Those things which men see and hear, if compared with the Scriptures, direct in what way salvation is to be found. It is difficult to conquer prejudices, and dangerous not to conquer them; but those who believe in Christ, their faith will be found so much the more to praise, and honour, and glory.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - And said unto him. The question was brought from John; the answer is sent back to him (ver. 4). This points to the cause of the question lying ultimately, not with his disciples, but with himself. Although John might justly fear that they would follow him rather than Jesus (cf. Matthew 9:14, note), yet he seems to have made this inquiry for his own sake. He who stood on the Jewish side of the threshold of the kingdom (ver. 11) did not understand the methods by which the King was acting, and thus his faith was tried (comp. Tertullian, 'Adv. Marc.,' 4:18). In this he recalls his great prototype, whose plans seemed to have failed and his boldness to have done no good (1 Kings 19:13, 14). To both the answer implied that success was assured to quiet spiritual work. Art thou (emphatic) he that should come? he that cometh (Revised Version); ὁ ἐρχόμενος (comp. Matthew 3:11, note). The title was probably derived from Psalm 118:26, and would become the more known from the LXX. of Habakkuk 2:3 (comp. Hebrews 10:37), and perhaps also from a directly Messianic interpretation of Genesis 49:10. Or do we look for. The word (προσδοκῶμεν) contains no thought of looking about for, but only of earnest expectation. Another? Ἕτερον, and so in Luke 7:19; but ἄλλον in Luke 7:20 (where, however, Westcott and Heft margin reads ἕτερον). Observe that in both records the evangelist's own summary of John's message speaks of a difference in kind, but that in the form given by the messengers (Luke 7:20) it is only a matter of a second person coming (comp. Galatians 1:6, 7; 1 Corinthians 12:8, etc.; 1 Corinthians 15:39, etc.). John's disciples, that is to say, are represented as failing to catch the point of their master's question whether he must look, after all, for a Messiah who acts differently from the way in which Jesus acts.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And said unto him,.... By the disciples he sent; this was the message they came with, and this the question they were to ask, and did,

art thou he that should come? A "periphrasis" of the Messiah, well known to the Jews; for he had been spoken of frequently in the prophecies of the Old Testament, as the Shiloh, the Redeemer, the Prophet, and King that should come; particularly, by this circumlocution, reference seems to be had to Habakkuk 2:3. "It shall surely come", , which may be rendered, "for he that cometh", or "is to come, shall come". So that the question in plain terms is, whether he was the Messiah? John could not be ignorant of this, who had seen the Spirit of God descending on him at his baptism, heard a voice from heaven, declaring him the Son of God; and had so often pointed him out to others, and had borne frequent testimonies that he was the Lamb of God, and bridegroom of his church: wherefore this question was put, not upon his own account, but his disciples, that they might have from the mouth of Christ a full and satisfactory answer, which would remove all their doubts and scruples, and attach them to Christ, now he was about to die, and leave them, than which nothing was more desirable to him. Though some have thought, that John's faith was somewhat slackened; and through his long imprisonment, he began to doubt whether he was the Messiah or not: and others have been of opinion, as particularly Dr. Lightfoot, that the reason of this message was, neither the ignorance and unbelief of John, or his disciples; but that John, with the rest of the Jews, having a notion of a temporal kingdom, and hearing of the mighty works of Christ, wonders that he himself was not delivered out of prison by him, grows impatient upon it, and asks, if he was the Messiah? And if he was, why did he suffer his forerunner and chief minister to lie in prison?

or do we look for another, to release me, and set up this kingdom?

Matthew 11:3 Additional Commentaries
John's Inquiry
2Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to Him, "Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?" 4Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and report to John what you hear and see:…
Cross References
Psalm 118:26
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.

Matthew 11:4
Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see:

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.'

John 6:14
After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world."

John 11:27
"Yes, Lord," she replied, "I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."

Hebrews 10:37
For, "In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay."
Treasury of Scripture

And said to him, Are you he that should come, or do we look for another?


Matthew 2:2-6 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen …

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

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: …

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

Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not near: there …

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

Psalm 2:6-12 Yet have I set my king on my holy hill of Zion…

Psalm 110:1-5 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 …

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

Ezekiel 34:23,24 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, …

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

Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD …

Joel 2:28-32 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit …

Amos 9:11,12 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, …

Obadiah 1:21 And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; …

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

Zephaniah 3:14-17 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with …

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 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 4:21 Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when you shall …

John 7:31,41,42 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ comes, …

he that. See

Matthew 21:5,9 Tell you the daughter of Sion, Behold, your King comes to you, meek, …

Mark 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, …

Luke 19:38 Saying, Blessed be the King that comes in the name of the Lord: peace …

John 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it to you.

John 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna…

Hebrews 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

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