Matthew 11:9

And much more than a prophet (kai perissoteron prophtou). Ablative of comparison after perissoteron itself comparative though meaning exceeding (surrounded by, overflowing). John had all the great qualities of the true prophet: "Vigorous moral conviction, integrity, strength of will, fearless zeal for truth and righteousness" (Bruce). And then he was the Forerunner of the Messiah ( Malachi 3:1 ).