Jesus answered and said to them, Go and show John again those things which you do hear and see:
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Go and shew John again.—There is no Greek adverb answering to the last word. St. Luke (Luke 7:21) adds that “in that same hour Jesus cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits,” and they were therefore to carry back their report as eyewitnesses.
The poor have the gospel preached to them - It was predicted of the Messiah that he would preach good tidings to the meek Isaiah 61:1; or, as it is rendered in the New Testament, "He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor," Luke 4:18. By this, therefore, also, John might infer that he was truly the Messiah. It adds to the force of this testimony that the "poor" have always been overlooked by Pharisees and philosophers. No sect of philosophers had condescended to notice them before Christ, and no system of religion had attempted to instruct them before the Christian religion. In all other schemes the poor have been passed by as unworthy of notice.
the works of Christ, he sent, &c.—On the whole passage, see on Lu 7:18-35.See Poole on "Matthew 11:6".
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.Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Matthew 11:4-6. Answer of Jesus.Matthew 11:4. Ἃ ἀκούετε καὶ βλέπετε, those things which ye do hear and see) The testimonies of facts of seven kinds, enumerated in Matthew 11:5-6. The miracles which our Lord performed had been foretold; they were beneficent, many, and various.
 Sight in other cases is wont to precede hearing; but the word of Christ [heard by them] answered more closely, as it were, to the desires of faith than the works of Christ [seen by them], John 14:11. Even in this place, Jesus speaks humbly, as in ch. Matthew 12:17; Matthew 12:41-42. He does not say, Those things which I speak and do.—V. g.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.
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