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.

King James Bible
But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto 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:

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,

Matthew 11:9 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A prophet? yea - and more than a prophet - That is, one more excellent (περισσοτερον) than a prophet; one greatly beyond all who had come before him, being the immediate forerunner of Christ, (see below), and who was especially commissioned to prepare the way of the Lord.

This was a fourth excellency: he was a prophet, a teacher, a man divinely commissioned to point out Jesus and his salvation; and more excellent than any of the old prophets, because he not only pointed out this Christ, but saw him, and had the honor of dying for that sacred truth which he steadily believed and boldly proclaimed.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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, because they counted him as a prophet.

Matthew 17:12,13 But I say to you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done to him whatever they listed...

Matthew 21:24-26 And Jesus answered and said to them, I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell me...

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 wine nor strong drink...

Library
The Friend of Publicans and Sinners
'The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children,'--MATT. xi. 19. Jesus very seldom took notice of His enemies' slanders. 'When He was reviled He reviled not again.' If ever He did, it was for the sake of those whom it harmed to distort His beauty. Thus, here He speaks, without the slightest trace of irritation, of the capricious inconsistency of condemning Himself and John
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

John's Doubts of Jesus, and Jesus' Praise of John
'Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3. And said unto Him, Art Thou He that should come, or do we look for another? 4. Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5. The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me. 7.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Again on the Words of the Gospel, Matt. xi. 28, "Come unto Me, all Ye that Labour and are Heavy Laden, and I Will Give You
1. It seems strange to some, Brethren, when they hear the Lord say, "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." [2323] And they consider that they who have fearlessly bowed their necks to this yoke, and have with much submission taken this burden upon their shoulders, are tossed about and exercised by so great
Saint Augustine—sermons on selected lessons of the new testament

The Sinner's Friend
"Savior of sinners they proclaim, Sinners of whom the chief I am." What the invidious Jews said in bitter spleen, has been turned by the Holy Spirit to the most gracious account. Where they poured out vials of hate, odours of sacred incense arise. Troubled consciences have found a sweet balm in the very sound. Jesus, "the friend of publicans and sinners," has proved himself friendly to them, and they have become friends with him; so completely has he justified the very name which his enemies gave
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 10: 1864

Cross References
Matthew 11:8
If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces.

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

Matthew 21:26
But if we say, 'Of human origin'--we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet."

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

Luke 20:6
But if we say, 'Of human origin,' all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet."

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