Matthew 3:12

“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 (KJV)

Other Translations

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.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"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

  • Max
    verse 11; if you are baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire it is a privilege an adventure you have been giving dunamis power to fulfill the life of a disciple victoriously. you understand that you are a son. yet our ability to chose is not taken away
  • A disciple
    Anti-NWO; You say it quite accurately! With the advent of Rabbinic Judaism about 150 years (?) before; by the time John the Baptist began preaching and announcing the coming of the Saviour; it was a Country filled with Synagogues, zealots and sects; run by an extremely rich and powerful elite class, who were entrenched in a self-made system completely alienated and hostile to the Spirit of Christ.
  • Anti-NWO
    As usual, the Synagogue of Satan is insane with jealousy and fear that John will destroy their power over the masses. By this time the Tora is a matter of convenience; the Satanic oral Babylonian Talmud is what is being preached in the Synagogues. John is well aware of their Satanic practice that is destroying the people. Clearly, he is helping to start our Saviors ministry and then step aside.
  • BSP
    Verse 4: This shows that John the Baptist lived a simple life. His clothing was simple and so was the food that he ate.
  • 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.

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