7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out ninto the wilderness to see? oA reed shaken by the wind? 8 What then did you go out to see? A man2 dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 What then did you go out to see? pA prophet?3 Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is he of whom it is written,
q“ ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.’
Or Why then did you go out? To see a man …
Some manuscripts Why then did you go out? To see a prophet?