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But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses (41:9)

But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet (41:10)

For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. (mat 11:7-10) (41:11) see

Commentary (41:12)

This prophecy, just as the one presented earlier from Isaiah (40:3), refers to both John the Baptist and Christ. We get a sense from these prophecies of the oneness of their ministries and the love they bore for each other. It is Christ, Himself, who quoted this prophecy of Malachi. (41:13) see

The symbolism of these words, however, is far too mysterious for anyone but God, and perhaps a prophet to have understood before fulfillment. The passage itself from Matthew indicates that no one, in fact, did understand the Old Testament saying until Christ Himself revealed its meaning (41:14)

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