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

  • Irene123
    Tilda; 'we' don't 'accept' Christ; if you'll read the Gospels as Jesus gathered His disciples - he 'called' everyone of them; as He passed by them, they didn't say, "Hey, lets follow Jesus." John 15:16; Matt. 20:16. Jesus knows who will obey Him. Judas Iscariot was chosen to fulfill phrophecy - John 13:18, "......... I know whom i have chosen.............."
  • Quaye stephen
    I luv Matthew scripture
  • Paul
    That verse may have just become my favorite too!
  • Ajewole
    Jesus is our master in humility.If Jesus baptized John that day,it would cause division in the church.John baptized Jesus to fulfill all righteousness and to perfect our humility towards brethren.
  • Tracy etienne
    Thank you for sharing the word
  • Chuck
    jesus left the glories of heaven for 33yrs to be the sinless sacrifice for lost
    humanity yet people today still try to establish there own rightteusness
    by every false reason to get to heaven yet end up in hell with a false
    and fatal view how am i right before a holy GOD.

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