Matthew 3:4

“And the same Iohn had his raiment of camels haire, and a leatherne girdle about his loynes, and his meate was locusts and wilde hony.”

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And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
- King James Version

Now John himself had a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now John himself had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now John was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather band about him; and his food was locusts and honey.
- Basic English Bible

And John himself had his garment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins, and his nourishment was locusts and wild honey.
- Darby Bible

And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
- Webster's Bible

This man John wore a garment of camel's hair, and a loincloth of leather; and he lived upon locusts and wild honey.
- Weymouth Bible

Now John himself wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.
- World English Bible

And this Joon hadde clothing of camels heeris, and a girdil of skynne aboute hise leendis; and his mete was honysoukis, and hony of the wode.
- Wycliffe Bible

And this John had his clothing of camel's hair, and a girdle of skin round his loins, and his nourishment was locusts and honey of the field.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 3:4


3:4 John had his raiment of camels' hair - Coarse and rough, suiting his character and doctrine. A leathern girdle - Like Elijah, in whose spirit and power he came. His food was locusts and wild honey - Locusts are ranked among clean meats, #Lev 11:22|. But these were not always to be had. So in default of those, he fed on wild honey.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:4


Mt 3:4 Raiment of camel's hair. See 2Ki 1:8. Not the camel's skin with hair on it, but a garment made of the shaggier camel's hair, woven in a coarse fabric. It was recognized as a garb of the prophets (Zec 13:4), and is still worn in the East by the poor. A leathern girdle about his loins. The "'leathern' girdle" may be seen around the body of the common laborer. It fastens the loose raiment of the East about the waist. His meat. His food. Locusts. Permitted to the Jews as an article of food (Le 11:22), and still used by the poorer classes in Arabia, Egypt and Nubia. They are a large, voracious insect, much like the Rocky Mountain grasshopper. Wild honey. Honey deposited by wild swarms of bees in the rocks. So abundant was it that Palestine was described as "flowing with milk and honey". John was no epicure, and used such food as the wilderness provided.

Discussion for Matthew 3

  • 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
  • John
    very well said God Bless you, we can not serve God in truth and spirit without the holy ghost,

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