This citation of John seems to be a response to an unasked question, although it is similar to Matthew, chapter 3:11, Mark, chapter 1:7, and John, chapter 1:26, where there was an explicit question. Luke seemed closer to Mark, as he indicated that John answered all of the people (ἀπεκρίνατο λέγων πᾶσιν ὁ Ἰωάνης). He said that he baptized them with water (Ἐγὼ μὲν ὕδατι βαπτίζω ὑμᾶς). However, one more powerful than him was coming (ἔρχεται δὲ ὁ ἰσχυρότερός μου). John was not worthy (οὗ οὐκ εἰμὶ ἱκανὸς) to untie the thong or the strap of his sandals (λῦσαι τὸν ἱμάντα τῶν ὑποδημάτων αὐτοῦ). John the Baptist said that he was anticipating a messianic figure greater than himself. He clearly baptized in water. However, after him there would be a messianic one more powerful than him. Matthew had John unfit to carry the sandal of Jesus rather than untie the sandal. Mark, John, and Luke here had John speak about being unfit to untie the tong or strap of his sandals. John the Baptist saw himself as subservient or unworthy as compared to the Messiah to come.
Yahweh was upset at these priests. They had offered up polluted food on the altar of Yahweh. These priests wanted to know how they had polluted the food. Yahweh responded that they had despised him by offering up blind, lame, and sick animals instead of healthy and sound animals. They had done Yahweh wrong. Would they present these kinds of wounded animals to their governor? Would he be pleased with them? Would he show them favors? Thus, they have despised Yahweh by offering these kinds of wounded, unfit, or unclean animals.
“Harsh and utterly grievous was the onslaught of evil. The temple was filled with debauchery and reveling by the gentiles. They dallied with prostitutes. They had intercourse with women within the sacred precincts. Besides they brought in things for sacrifice that were unfit. The altar was covered with abominable offerings which were forbidden by the laws. People could neither keep the Sabbath, nor observe the festivals of their ancestors, nor so much as confess themselves to be Jews.”
The gentiles took over the Temple. This was mentioned in 1 Maccabees, chapter 1, but here it is more specific, especially about prostitutes as part of a fertility cult. They would have intercourse in the sacred places to help have children. They also offered unfit sacrifices. The altars were full of all kinds of Jewish forbidden abominable offerings. The Israelites could not keep the Sabbath, nor observe their festival days. In fact, they could not even confess that they were Jews.