Matthew 11:3
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?”

Berean Study Bible
to ask Him, “Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?”

Berean Literal Bible
said to Him, "Are You the coming One, or are we to 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?

Christian Standard Bible
and asked him, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?"

Contemporary English Version
to ask Jesus, "Are you the one we should be looking for? Or must we wait for someone else?"

Good News Translation
"Tell us," they asked Jesus, "are you the one John said was going to come, or should we expect someone else?"

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?"

New Heart English Bible
and said to him, "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?"

New American Standard 1977
and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall 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?'
Study Bible
John's Inquiry
2Meanwhile, John heard in prison about the works of Christ, and he sent two of his disciples 3to ask Him, “Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?” 4Jesus replied, “Go back 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: 'Behold, I will send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way before You.'

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

John 11:27
"Yes, Lord," she answered, "I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who was 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?

Art.

Matthew 2:2-6
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him…

Genesis 3:15
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Genesis 12:3
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

he that.

Matthew 21:5,9
Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass…

Mark 11:9
And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

Luke 19:38
Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.







Lexicon
to ask
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

Him,
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

“Are
εἶ (ei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

You
Σὺ (Sy)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

[One who] was to come,
ἐρχόμενος (erchomenos)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

or
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

should we look for
προσδοκῶμεν (prosdokōmen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4328: To expect, wait for, await, think, anticipate. From pros and dokeuo; to anticipate; by implication, to await.

someone else?”
ἕτερον (heteron)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2087: (a) of two: another, a second, (b) other, different, (c) one's neighbor. Of uncertain affinity; other or different.
(3) Art thou he that should come?--There are no adequate grounds for assuming, as some have done, that the Baptist sent the disciples only to remove heir doubts. The question comes from him; the answer is sent to him. No difficulty in conceiving how the doubt which the question seems to imply could enter into the mind of the Baptist after the testimony which he had borne and that which he had heard, can warrant us in doing violence to what would seem to be the plain meaning of the history. And the meaning of the question is not far to seek. The sickness of deferred hope turns the full assurance of faith into something like despair. So of old Jeremiah had complained, in the bitterness of his spirit, that Jehovah had deceived him (Jeremiah 20:7). So now the Baptist, as week after week passed without the appearance of the kingdom as he expected it to appear, felt as if the King was deserting the forerunner and herald of His kingdom. The very wonders of which he heard made the feeling more grievous, for they seemed to give proof of the power, and to leave him to the conclusion that the will was wanting. And so he sends his disciples with the question, which is one of impatience rather than doubt, "Art Thou the coming One of whom the prophets spoke" (Psalm 40:7; Psalm 118:26; Malachi 3:1)? but if so, why tarry the wheels of Thy chariot? Are we still to look for another and a different Christ?"

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. 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.
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