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

King James Bible
But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

Darby Bible Translation
but if we should say, Of men, we fear the crowd, for all hold John for a prophet.

World English Bible
But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the multitude, for all hold John as a prophet."

Young's Literal Translation
and if we should say, From men, we fear the multitude, for all hold John as a prophet.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The baptism of John - Had John a Divine commission or not, for his baptism and preaching? Our Lord here takes the wise in their own cunning. He knew the estimation John was in among the people; and he plainly saw that, if they gave any answer at all, they must convict themselves: and so they saw, when they came to examine the question. See Matthew 21:25, Matthew 21:26.

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we fear.

Matthew 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

Matthew 14:5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

Isaiah 57:11 And of whom have you been afraid or feared, that you have lied, and have not remembered me, nor laid it to your heart?...

Mark 11:32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.

Mark 12:12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him...

Luke 20:6,19 But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet...

Luke 22:2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

John 9:22 These words spoke his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already...

Acts 5:26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people...

for.

Mark 6:20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things...

John 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

John 10:41,42 And many resorted to him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spoke of this man were true...

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The Stone of Stumbling
Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.'--MATT. xxi. 44. As Christ's ministry drew to its close, its severity and its gentleness both increased; its severity to the class to whom it was always severe, and its gentleness to the class from whom it never turned away. Side by side, through all His manifestation of Himself, there were the two aspects: 'He showed Himself froward' (if I may quote the word) to the self-righteous
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

A New Kind of King
'All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass.'--MATT. xxi. 4, 5. Our Lord's entrance into Jerusalem is one of the comparatively few events which are recorded in all the four Gospels. Its singular unlikeness to the rest of His life, and its powerful influence in bringing about the Crucifixion, may account for its prominence in the narratives. It took place probably
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Sermon for Palm Sunday
How a man ought in all His works to regard God alone, and purely to make Him his end without anything of his own, and shall freely and simply perform all these works for the glory of God only, and not seek his own, nor desire nor expect any reward. Wherewith he may do such works without any self-appropriation or reference to time and number, before or after, and without modes. How the Divine Word speaks and reveals itself in the soul, all in a lofty and subtile sense. Matt. xxi. 10-17.--"And when
Susannah Winkworth—The History and Life of the Reverend Doctor John Tauler

"Because the Carnal Mind is Enmity against God, for it is not Subject to the Law of God, Neither Indeed Can Be. "
Rom. viii. 7.--"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Unbelief is that which condemns the world. It involves in more condemnation than many other sins, not only because more universal, but especially because it shuts up men in their misery, and secludes them from the remedy that is brought to light in the gospel. By unbelief I mean, not only that careless neglect of Jesus Christ offered for salvation, but that which is the
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Cross References
Matthew 11:9
Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Matthew 21:11
The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."

Matthew 21:25
John's baptism--where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?" They discussed it among themselves and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask, 'Then why didn't you believe him?'

Matthew 21:27
So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Then he said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Matthew 21:46
They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.

Mark 6:20
because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.

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