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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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

  • Mark
    matthew 4 12-17 17 from that time jesus began to preach. the same time that john was cast into prison
  • Carol S. in Walnut Creek, CA
    Stuart, Jesus said those were the two GREATEST commandments on which hung all the law and the prophets. He gave us OTHER commandments in the gospel, including the great commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel, healing and doing deliverance in His name. We are also to forgive as He forgave us if we are to be forgiven, and love one another as He loved us.
  • Stuart Rubin
    The whole New Testament is true and inspired by God. Paris Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Jesus summed up all the commandments saying there are only 2 commandments. Love God with all your heart and soul and love your neighbor as you love God or as you love yourself.
  • A disciple
    "But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:" Rabbinic Judaism of Jesus' day was a man-made system carefully contrived to enslave its adherents to hypocrisy, and completely shut them out from the knowledge of God in Christ.
  • I AM
    I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me does bear witness of me. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood:) And these three agree in one. Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see me have. For I am not alone, but it is I and the Father that sent me.
  • Steve morrow
    2corinthians 1:21 now HE which establisheth us with you in CHRIST and hath anointed us is GOD 1:22 who hath also sealed us and given the earnest of the spirit in our hearts John 6:27 labor not for the meat which perisheth but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life which the son of man shall give unto you for HIM hath GOG the FATHER sealed

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