New International Version
Even tax collectors came to be baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what should we do?"
King James Bible
Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
Darby Bible Translation
And tax-gatherers came also to be baptised, and they said to him, Teacher, what should we do?
World English Bible
Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, "Teacher, what must we do?"
Young's Literal Translation
And there came also tax-gatherers to be baptised, and they said unto him, 'Teacher, what shall we do?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Then came also publicans - He next instructs the tax-gatherers in the proper discharge of their duty: though it was an office detested by the Jews at large, yet the Baptist does not condemn it. It is only the abuse of it that he speaks against. If taxes be necessary for the support of a state, there must be collectors of them; and the collector, if he properly discharge his duty, is not only a useful, but also a respectable officer. But it seems the Jewish tax-gatherers exacted much more from the people than government authorized them to do, Luke 3:13, and the surplus they pocketed. See the conduct of many of our surveyors and assessors. They are oppressors of the people, and enrich themselves by unjust surcharges. This, I am inclined to think, is too common an evil; and the executive government is often the people's scape-goat, to bear the crimes of its officers, crimes in which it has no concern. For an account of the publicans, see the note on Matthew 5:46.
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Chester Cathedral. 1872. St Luke iii. 2, 3, 7, 9-14. "The Word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. . . . Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance. . . . And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the …
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If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
"What should we do then?" the crowd asked.
"Don't collect any more than you are required to," he told them.
(All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus' words, acknowledged that God's way was right, because they had been baptized by John.
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
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