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Luke 3:15

15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.

Read Luke 3:15 Using Other Translations

And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;
As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ,
Everyone was expecting the Messiah to come soon, and they were eager to know whether John might be the Messiah.

What does Luke 3:15 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 3:15

And as the people were in expectation, of the coming of the
Messiah;
Daniel's seventy weeks being now accomplished, the sceptre being departed from Judah, and the Romans having the government in their hands, from whom they hoped for a deliverance by Christ; and all men mused in their hearts of John; whether he were the Christ,
or no;
about which they had many reasonings and debates: some doubting of it, others ready to believe it, from his extraordinary birth, the singular holiness of his life, the power and efficacy of his doctrine, the new ordinance he administered, the restoration of religion by him, the freedom he took in reproving the vices of men, and the apt answers he gave to the questions now put to him. And that the Messiah was born, though he was not, as yet, made manifest, they might conclude, not only from the fulfilment of several prophecies, but from the song of Zacharias, the declaration of Simeon and Anna in the temple, and of the wise men that came from the east; and John appearing in such an unusual manner, they were ready to hope that he was the person; though they did not consider that he was of the tribe of Levi, and not of Judah; from which latter the Messiah was to spring; but this might be unattended to by them, and Satan might have an hand in it to hide the true Messiah from them.

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