Vincent Word Studies - John 1:24 - 1:24

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They which were sent were (εὐθύνατε τὴν ὁδον)

Literally, those having been sent were. But the best texts omit the article, so that the remaining words form the pluperfect passive: “they had been sent from the Pharisees.” This addition of an explanatory circumstance is characteristic of John. Compare Joh 1:41, Joh 1:45; Joh 9:14; Joh 11:5, Joh 11:18; Joh 13:23.