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32约翰来到你们那里,指示你们行义路(或译:“约翰在义路中,来到你们这里”),你们不信他;税吏和娼妓却信了他。你们看见了之后,还是没有改变心意去信他。
32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
32 Verse 32. John came unto you in the way of righteousness]

Proclaiming the truth, and living agreeably to it. Or, John came

unto you, who are in the way of righteousness. This seems rather

to be the true meaning and construction of this passage. The Jews

are here distinguished from the Gentiles. The former were in the

way of righteousness, had the revelation of God, and the

ordinances of justice established among them; the latter were in

the way of unrighteousness, without the Divine revelation, and

iniquitous in all their conduct: John came to both, preaching the

doctrine of repentance, and proclaiming Jesus the Christ. To say

that it was John who came in the way of righteousness, and that to

him the words refer, is, in my opinion, saying nothing; for this

was necessarily implied: as he professed to come from God, he must

not only preach righteousness, but walk in it.



It is very difficult to get a worldly minded and self-righteous

man brought to Christ. Examples signify little to him. Urge the

example of an eminent saint, he is discouraged at it. Show him a

profligate sinner converted to God, him he is ashamed to own and

follow; and, as to the conduct of the generality of the followers

of Christ, it is not striking enough to impress him. John, and

Christ, and the apostles preach; but, to multitudes, all is in

vain.