Justified God (edikaiwsan ton qeon). They considered God just or righteous in making these demands of them. Even the publicans did. They submitted to the baptism of John (baptisqente to baptisma tou Iwanou. First aorist passive participle with the cognate accusative retained in the passive. Some writers consider verses Matthew 2930 a comment of Luke in the midst of the eulogy of John by Jesus. This would be a remarkable thing for so long a comment to be interjected. It is perfectly proper as the saying of Jesus.