Luke 7:33
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New International Version
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.'

New Living Translation
For John the Baptist didn't spend his time eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, 'He's possessed by a demon.'

English Standard Version
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’

New American Standard Bible
"For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, 'He has a demon!'

King James Bible
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For John the Baptist did not come eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, He has a demon!'

International Standard Version
Because John the Baptist has come neither eating bread nor drinking wine, yet you say, 'He has a demon!'

NET Bible
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, 'He has a demon!'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For Yohannan The Baptizer came not eating bread neither drinking wine, and you were saying, 'He has a demon.' “

GOD'S WORD® Translation
John the Baptizer has come neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'There's a demon in him!'

Jubilee Bible 2000
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and ye say, He has a demon.

King James 2000 Bible
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and you say, He has a demon.

American King James Version
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and you say, He has a devil.

American Standard Version
For John the Baptist is come eating no bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a demon.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and you say: He hath a devil.

Darby Bible Translation
For John the baptist has come neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and ye say, He has a demon.

English Revised Version
For John the Baptist is come eating no bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.

Webster's Bible Translation
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread, nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a demon.

Weymouth New Testament
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, 'He has a demon!'

World English Bible
For John the Baptizer came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.'

Young's Literal Translation
'For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and ye say, He hath a demon;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:19-35 To his miracles in the kingdom of nature, Christ adds this in the kingdom of grace, To the poor the gospel is preached. It clearly pointed out the spiritual nature of Christ's kingdom, that the messenger he sent before him to prepare his way, did it by preaching repentance and reformation of heart and life. We have here the just blame of those who were not wrought upon by the ministry of John Baptist or of Jesus Christ himself. They made a jest of the methods God took to do them good. This is the ruin of multitudes; they are not serious in the concerns of their souls. Let us study to prove ourselves children of Wisdom, by attending the instructions of God's word, and adoring those mysteries and glad tidings which infidels and Pharisees deride and blaspheme.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 33. - For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine. Referring to his austere life spent in the desert, apart from the ordinary joys and pleasures of men, not even sharing in what are usually termed the necessities of life. He was, in addition, a perpetual Nazarite, and as such no wine or fermented drink ever passed his lips. And ye say, He hath a devil. Another way for expressing their conviction that the great desert-preacher was insane, and assigning a demoniacal possession as the cause of madness. Not very long after this incident the curtain of death fell on the earthly scene of John's life. "We fools accounted his life madness, and his end to be without honour: how is he numbered among the children of God, and his lot is among the saints!" (Wisd. 5:4, 5). We. may be quite sure that "in the fiery furnace God walked with his servant, so that his spirit was not harmed, and having thus annealed his nature to the utmost that this earth can do, he took him hastily away and placed him among the glorified in heaven" (Irving, quoted by Farrar).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For John the Baptist,.... Who is designed by the children that mourned in the above simile, with whom his character and conduct agree; he preached very mournful doctrine, delivered it in a very solemn and awful manner, and lived a very austere life, and fasted much, as did also his disciples. The word "Baptist" is here added by Luke, which Matthew has not, to distinguish him from others; and it may be, because he had just spoke of his baptism. The Persic version only reads, "the Baptist"; of him our Lord says, that he

came neither eating bread, nor drinking wine; which were the common food and drink of men, but his diet were locusts and wild honey, and from this he often abstained; nor would he attend festivals and entertainments, or be free and sociable with men: "bread" and "wine" are here mentioned, which are not in Matthew:

and ye say, he hath a devil; is mad, or melancholy; for madness and melancholy, or the hypochondriac disorder, was by them sometimes imputed to a diabolical possession, and influence, as the cause of it; and though these men pretended to great austerity of life, and frequent fastings, yet John was too abstemious for them, and they could not agree with his doctrine nor method of living; See Gill on Matthew 12:18.



Luke 7:33 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Testifies about John
32"They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.' 33"For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, 'He has a demon!' 34"The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'…
Cross References
Matthew 3:1
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea

Luke 1:15
for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.

Luke 7:32
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: "'We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.'

Luke 7:34
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.'
Treasury of Scripture

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and you say, He has a devil.

came.

Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither …

Jeremiah 16:8-10 You shall not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them …

Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leather …

Mark 1:6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin …

He.

Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant …

John 8:48,52 Then answered the Jews, and said to him, Say we not well that you …

John 10:20 And many of them said, He has a devil, and is mad; why hear you him?

Acts 2:13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

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