Matthew 11:9
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New International Version
Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

New Living Translation
Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet.

English Standard Version
What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Berean Study Bible
What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Berean Literal Bible
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and one more excellent than a prophet.

New American Standard Bible
"But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.

King James Bible
But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet.

International Standard Version
Really, what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and even more than a prophet!

NET Bible
What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

New Heart English Bible
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Otherwise what did you go out to see? A Prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a Prophet.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Really, what did you go to see? A prophet? Let me tell you that he is far more than a prophet.

New American Standard 1977
“But why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I say to you, and one who is more than a prophet.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

King James 2000 Bible
But what went you out to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

American King James Version
But what went you out for to see? A prophet? yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.

American Standard Version
But wherefore went ye out? to see a prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But what went you out to see? a prophet? yea I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Darby Bible Translation
But what went ye out to see? a prophet? Yea, I say to you, and more than a prophet:

English Revised Version
But wherefore went ye out? to see a prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

Webster's Bible Translation
But what went ye out to see? A prophet? yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.

Weymouth New Testament
But why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet.

World English Bible
But why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet.

Young's Literal Translation
'But what went ye out to see? -- a prophet? yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet,
Study Bible
Jesus Testifies about John
8What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? Look, those who wear fine clothing are found in kings’ palaces. 9What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10This is the one about whom it is written: ‘Behold, I will send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way before You.’…
Cross References
Matthew 11:8
What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? Look, those who wear fine clothing are found in kings' palaces.

Matthew 14:5
Although Herod wanted to kill John, he was afraid of the people, because they considered him a prophet.

Matthew 21:26
But if we say, 'From men,' we are afraid of the crowd, for they all regard John as a prophet."

Luke 1:76
And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways,

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

But what went you out for to see? A prophet? yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.

A prophet.

Matthew 11:13,14 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John…

Matthew 14:5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, …

Matthew 17:12,13 But I say to you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, …

Matthew 21:24-26 And Jesus answered and said to them, I also will ask you one thing, …

Mark 9:11-13 And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come…

Luke 1:15-17,76 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither …

(9) What went ye out for to see? A prophet?--The words again throw the hearers back upon the impressions made on them when they first saw and heard the Baptist. They then went out to see a prophet, and they were not, disappointed. Nothing that they had seen or heard since was to lead them to think less worthily of him now. He was indeed a prophet, taught by the Spirit of Jehovah, predicting the glory of the kingdom; but he was also something more than this--a worker in the fulfilment of what he thus proclaimed.

Verse 9. - But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? But wherefore went ye out? To see a prophet? (Revised Version). Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. Our Lord accepts their estimate of John, but says that it is insufficient. He thus passes on to show the relation in which John stood to himself. John was more than a prophet such as they thought of, for he was "the subject as well as the vehicle of prophecy" (Alford), and was the immediate forerunner of the great King. More than; much more than (Revised Version). Περισσότερομν is probably neuter, for this not only agrees with τι, but emphasizes the thought more than the masculine (cf. Matthew 12:6, note). But what went ye out for to see?.... Since it was not any thing so mean as a shaking reed, or so grand as a man in gay clothing, pray what was it you went out to see?

A prophet? This was the truth of the matter, they expected to see a prophet, and they believed he was one; this was the common voice of the people; all held John to be a prophet. This made Herod afraid to put him to death, and the Pharisees to speak against his baptism: now, though this was giving him a great character, to believe and own him to be a prophet, yet it did not come up to his full character.

Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet; when they saw him, they saw not only a prophet, but one that was greater, and more excellent than any of the prophets that went before him: they prophesied of the Messiah at a distance, and in words not so clear, and easy to be understood; they spoke of him as to come, but he pointed him out with his finger, and declared that he was come; he saw him himself, and showed him to others; he saw the Spirit of God descending on him, and he himself baptized him; his office, as the harbinger of Christ, and the administrator of the ordinance of baptism to him, gave him a preference to all the prophets; and was such an one, as never any man was vested with but himself. 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.
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