What did you go out to see? (Lk 7:25-7:25)

“What then did you go out

To see?

Someone dressed

In soft robes?


Those who put on

Fine clothing

Live in luxury.

They are in royal palaces.”


ἀλλὰ τί ἐξήλθατε ἰδεῖν; ἄνθρωπον ἐν μαλακοῖς ἱματίοις ἠμφιεσμένον; ἰδοὺ οἱ ἐν ἱματισμῷ ἐνδόξῳ καὶ τρυφῇ ὑπάρχοντες ἐν τοῖς βασιλείοις εἰσίν.


Luke indicated that Jesus asked them what did they go out to see (ἀλλὰ τί ἐξήλθατε ἰδεῖν)?  Did they see someone dressed in fine soft robes (ἄνθρωπον ἐν μαλακοῖς ἱματίοις ἠμφιεσμένον)?  Those who put on fine clothing (ἰδοὺ οἱ ἐν ἱματισμῷ ἐνδόξῳ) live in luxury in royal palaces (καὶ τρυφῇ ὑπάρχοντες ἐν τοῖς βασιλείοις εἰσίν).  These questions are word for word like Matthew, chapter 7:25, indicating a possible Q source.  Why did they go out to see John?  Was he a man dressed in fine clothes or soft robes?  Of course not, since fine clothes or soft robes can only be found in royal palaces.  This seems to be a hit at the royal King Herod Antipas of Galilee.  Do you have soft luxurious clothing?

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