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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

  • Kanakasusheela
    Matthew, 3 16,... Jesus is born with holy spirit or the spirit of God , in this verse Jesus is baptized with John , at that time the God's spirit or the holy spirit is descending up on him like a dove.already Jesus is born with God's spirit or holy spirit . Then again the holy spirit has come on Him like a dove up on him . why. I am not criticising the bible . but I WANT TO KNOW THE CLEAR MEANING OF THIS VERSE.
  • Freddy
    let us not have full information about the bible but let us meditate the bible as the mind of Christ ll speak to us and understand the word of God. aussurance of our salvation by faith ....ll let us to enter the kingdom of God....
  • Rev. S. James
    Christ was baptized not because he was born in sin he was baptized for 4 main reasons: First, because it was the right thing to do at that point in time second, it was a sign to his cousin John the Baptist that he was the holy one sent from the Father to save us from sin third, Christ's baptism identified him as part of the Godhead that is why the Father and the Holy Ghost showed up at the baptism and fourth, to show us the true meaning of humility although he was God in the flesh he allowed his cousin John to baptize him. Nothing deep about Christ's baptism.
  • These want to belong to the group of John, just as present day thinking that belonging to a church will save them. Thus, the next verse, John asked them to bring fruits of repentance, which is the fruit of the the sanctifying work of the Spirit, an earnest for those really saved.
  • Stephende
    John and Jesus were cousins. John was an ascetic, withdrawn from the world in order to find God. He was at the height of his fame for all men came to him to learn what he had achieved with God. Jesus also was on a Spiritual quest for he stayed back at the Passover to learn from the Pharisee who studied the Torah daily and disputed with one another over the meaning. Everyone was waiting for the Messiah. Was it Jesus? To this day it is the world's biggest controversy. Christians say he is the Son of God. Muslim's say God has no partners but only worshipper's. Jews are patient and are still waiting. I say "Worship whom Jesus worshipped" He was clean from sin and devoted more than anyone. He was not the only resurrected but was the only one to reappear in the flesh to increase the faith worship whom Jesus worshipped.
  • Bernie Santa for verse 11
    There is a deeper Baptism in the Holy Spirit which purifies us in rebirth, a metanoia in the spirit of God indeed, suffering brings wisdom! we, then, realize experientially that we're essentially spirits, infinte, having a mere, transient human experience. So many, tragically unwittingly, die before giving birth to themselves in the deepest, transcendent sense... Amen.

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