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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW - Chapter 11 - Verse 9

Verse 9. A prophet?. He next asks whether they went to see a prophet? They had regarded him as such; and Jesus tells them that in this their apprehensions of him were correct.

More than a prophet. Sustaining a character more elevated and sacred than the most distinguished of the ancient prophets. Those had been regarded as the most eminent of the prophets who had most clearly predicted the Messiah. Isaiah had been distinguished above all others for the sublimity of his writings, and the clearness with which he had foretold the coming of Christ. Yet John surpassed even him. He lived in the time of the Christ. He predicted his coming with still more clearness. He was the instrument of introducing him to the nation. He was, therefore, first among the prophets.

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