New International Version
to ask him, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?"
King James Bible
And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
Darby Bible Translation
and said to him, Art *thou* the coming [one]? or are we to wait for another?
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?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Art thou he that should come - Ο ερχομενος, he that cometh, seems to have been a proper name of the Messiah; to save or deliver is necessarily implied. See on Luke 7:19 (note).
There is some difficulty in what is here spoken of John. Some have thought he was utterly ignorant of our Lord's Divine mission, and that he sent merely for his own information; but this is certainly inconsistent with his own declaration, Luke 3:15, etc.; John 1:15, John 1:26, John 1:33, John 3:28, etc. Others suppose he sent the message merely for the instruction of his disciples; that, as he saw his end approaching, he wished them to have the fullest conviction that Jesus was the Messiah, that they might attach themselves to him.
A third opinion takes a middle course between the two former, and states that, though John was at first perfectly convinced that Jesus was the Christ, yet, entertaining some hopes that he would erect a secular kingdom in Judea, wished to know whether this was likely to take place speedily. It is very probable that John now began, through the length of his confinement, to entertain doubts, relative to his kingdom, which perplexed and harassed his mind; and he took the most reasonable way to get rid of them at once, viz. by applying to Christ himself.
Two of his disciples - Instead of δυο, two, several excellent MSS., with both the Syriac, Armenian, Gothic, and one copy of the Itala, have δια, by; he sent by his disciples.
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Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see:
This is the one about whom it is written: "'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'
After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world."
"Yes, Lord," she replied, "I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."
For, "In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay."
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