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.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




Viewing the original 1611 KJV with archaic English spelling.
Click to switch to the Standard KJV.

Other Translations

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

  • Christine
    Jesus is born then he is a man. What happened as he grew? Why do we baptize babies now? Did he make his holy communion?
  • Irene123
    There are some who believe that the 'mystery' of God cannot be known. But, It has been 'revealed' in His Word - Eph. 1:9; Col.1:26; Eph. 3:9
  • Wayne
    Baptism is not essential for salvation. Romans 6 and 1 Peter 3. Ephesians 2:8-10.
  • Irene123
    Jesus, as a baby, wasn't baptized because - NO babies are baptized in the Bible. A child has to be old enough to UNDERSTAND Acts 2:38. Peter said be baptized in the NAME of Jesus; Matt. 28:19 says the same thing - baptizing them in the NAME of; Jesus is the Father, and the son (flesh) and the Holy Ghost (Spirit). 1Tim. 3:16 - " ..... GOD was manifest (as the body of Jesus) in the flesh.
  • Kenzie a 11 year old
    It's. Amazing that Jesus did not get baptized When he was born because he is Jesus..........but this is one of my favorite bible story's
  • Irene123
    I've seen comments that John the Baptist was born with the Holy Ghost Jesus CHRIST was not. Notice Jesus is called Christ, which means anointed. The Holy Ghost is the - anointing, the anointing is God's spirit. The FULLNESS of the Godhead was in Jesus Jesus is God MANIFEST.

What Do You Think of Matthew 3?

Share your own thoughts or commentary here...

Notify me if someone responds on this discussion/thread

Bible Options

Sponsored Links