|New International Version (©2011)|
to ask him, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?"
New Living Translation (©2007)
"Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?"
English Standard Version (©2001)
and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
and said to Him, "Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?"
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
and asked Him, "Are You the One who is to come, or should we expect someone else?"
International Standard Version (©2012)
and asked him, "Are you the Coming One, or should we wait for someone else?"
NET Bible (©2006)
"Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
And he said to him, “Are you he who comes, or is it another we expect?”
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
to ask Jesus, "Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for someone else?"
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
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?
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?'
|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.
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?
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