Matthew 3:12

“Whose fanne is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floore, and gather his wheat into the garner: but wil burne vp the chaffe with vnquenchable fire.”

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Other Translations

Whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
- King James Version

"His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing-floor; and he will gather his wheat into the garner, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.
- American Standard Version (1901)

In whose hand is the instrument with which he will make clean his grain; he will put the good grain in his store, but the waste will be burned up in the fire which will never be put out.
- Basic English Bible

whose winnowing fan [is] in his hand, and he shall thoroughly purge his threshing-floor, and shall gather his wheat into the garner, but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
- Darby Bible

Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his floor, and gather his wheat into the granary; but he will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire.
- Webster's Bible

His winnowing-shovel is in His hand, and He will make a thorough clearance of His threshing-floor, gathering His wheat into the storehouse, but burning up the chaff in unquenchable fire."
- Weymouth Bible

His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire."
- World English Bible

Whos wynewing cloth is in his hoond, and he shal fulli clense his corn flore, and shal gadere his whete in to his berne; but the chaffe he shal brenne with fier that mai not be quenchid.
- Wycliffe Bible

whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his floor, and will gather his wheat to the storehouse, but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 3:12


3:12 Whose fan - That is, the word of the Gospel. His floor - That is, his Church, which is now covered with a mixture of wheat and chaff. He will gather the wheat into the garner - Will lay up those who are truly good in heaven.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:12


Mt 3:12 Fan [is] in his hand. Rather the winnowing shovel, by which the wheat and chaff were tossed together into the air, so that the wind would blow the chaff away. In Palestine grain was threshed on an outdoor threshing floor, either by hand or the treading of cattle, and winnowed by casting it up to the wind. Gather his wheat into the garner. Granary, or grain depository. Unquenchable fire. A reference is here made to the practice of burning the chaff under process of winnowing. The wheat is the righteous, the chaff is the wicked, and Christ is the winnower; the granary is heaven, the unquenchable fire is hell.

Discussion for Matthew 3

  • Keith
    If my people who are called by my name shall humble themself , turn from there wicked way . He said he will here there voice and answer there prayers. That a promise !!!!
  • Judith E Medeiros
    In Matthew 3:11 this describes "Water Baptism in preparation of Repentance of Sins", as John the Baptist made the way straight for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and with fire. Ref: 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Christ Our Savior, Truth, Life
  • Mrs.sammie lee chunn
    I love what I am reading
  • Solomon wambua
    Comment*from the time of john the babtized the babtized to day is by the holy spirit and fire I say to day the church the baptized of the holy spirit thanks
  • REBECCA
    JESUS IS LORD FOREVER HE US RISEN HE US RISEN INDEED
  • Dewey J
    Geraldine, this is a mystery Matt. 1:8 says, Mary was found to be with child of the Holy Ghost therefore I believe that passage is stating that the Holy Ghost was with Jesus was formed by God the Father by the Holy Ghost. Jesus said the works that he did or miracles was not of a human or fleshly orgin but the father in him or the Holy Ghost. I believe this was a renewing of the Holy Ghost Matt3:16

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