2 sn The reference to fancy clothes makes the point that John was not rich or powerful, in that he did not come from the wealthy classes.
3 tn Or “palaces.”
4 tn John the Baptist is “more” because he introduces the one (Jesus) who brings the new era. The term is neuter, but may be understood as masculine in this context (BDAG 806 s.v. περισσότερος b).