Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For all of the prophets and the law of Moses prophesied [of this kingdom] up until the time of John.
Now Herod wanted to have him put to death, [but hesitated], fearing the crowd, because they considered John to be a prophet.
But I tell you that Elijah has already come, but they [i.e., the Jewish leaders] did not understand who he was, but [instead] did to him what they wanted to. In the same way, the Son of man will also suffer from what the Jews will do."
Jesus answered them, "Let me also ask you a question. If you answer it, then I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
Then His disciples asked Him, "Why is it, [since you are obviously the Messiah], that the experts in the law of Moses say that Elijah must come first?"
For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and he will not drink any wine or intoxicating drinks [Note: This restriction suggests that John may have taken the special vow of consecration making him a "Nazarite"]. And he will be filled with the Holy Spirit from the time he is born.
[People from] Jerusalem and all over Judea and the region around the Jordan River all went out [to the desert] to [hear] him,