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

New Living Translation
Jesus told them, "Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen--

English Standard Version
And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:

New American Standard Bible
Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and report to John what you hear and see:

King James Bible
Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jesus replied to them, "Go and report to John what you hear and see:

International Standard Version
Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and observe:

NET Bible
Jesus answered them, "Go tell John what you hear and see:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua answered and he said to them, “Go relate to Yohannan those things that you hear and see.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus answered John's disciples, "Go back, and tell John what you hear and see:

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and tell John those things which you hear and see:

King James 2000 Bible
Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which you do hear and see:

American King James Version
Jesus answered and said to them, Go and show John again those things which you do hear and see:

American Standard Version
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and tell John the things which ye hear and see:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jesus making answer said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus answering said to them, Go, report to John what ye hear and see.

English Revised Version
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Go your way and tell John the things which ye do hear and see:

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus answered and said to them, Go and show John again those things which ye hear and see:

Weymouth New Testament
"Go and report to John what you see and hear," replied Jesus;

World English Bible
Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus answering said to them, 'Having gone, declare to John the things that ye hear and see,
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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 4. - Jesus; and Jesus (Revised Version, with even the Received Text). Answered and said unto them. He makes no verbal self-defence, but appeals to the effects of his work. Observe that a similar appeal to effects of the same character as those mentioned here - restoration to normal powers and bringing spiritual truths home to the poorest - is still the great argument for the Messiahship of Jesus. Go; go your way (Revised Version); πορευθέντες (cf. ver. 7). And show John again; and tell John (Revised Version); for ἀπαγγέλλω does not in itself contain the idea of bringing word in answer to an inquiry, but merely emphasizes the source or place from which the message comes (Matthew 8:33; cf. Bishop Westcott on 1 John 1:2, 5). Those (the, Revised Version) things which ye do hear and see. Observe that in Luke

(1) the order of the verbs is reversed;

(2) the tense is not the present, as here, but the aorist, the miracles being regarded from the point of time when the disciples had returned to John. The present tense in Matthew brings out what St. Luke had already indicated by his preceding explanatory verse that the messengers arrived when the Lord was actually performing miracles.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Jesus answered and said unto them,.... Not by an express declaration, that he was the Messiah that was to come, and they were not to look for any other; but he bids them

go, and show John again, those things which ye do hear and see. Christ would have them go back to John in prison, and relate to him the doctrines which they had heard preached by him to the poor; and the miracles which they had seen with their own eyes, then wrought by him; as well as many others, which were attested to them by credible witnesses; for there were at that time about Christ, that had infirmities, plagues, and evil spirits, and that were blind, and he instantly cured them in their presence; see Luke 7:21.



Matthew 11:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
John's Inquiry
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: 5the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.…
Cross References
Matthew 11:3
to ask him, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?"

Matthew 11:5
The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.

John 5:36
"I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish--the very works that I am doing--testify that the Father has sent me.
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