But if we shall say, of men
That John's baptism was an human invention, and he had no authority from God to preach and administer it,
they feared the people;
lest being enraged thereby they should, at once, rise up, and destroy them:
for all men counted John, that he was a prophet
a real prophet, one truly sent from God, and had his commission and credentials from him: this was the general sentiment of the people; (See Gill on Matthew 21:26).