Matthew 11:18
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New International Version
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'

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

English Standard Version
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’

New American Standard Bible
"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon!'

King James Bible
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For John did not come eating or drinking, and they say, He has a demon!'

International Standard Version
Because John didn't come eating or drinking, yet people say, 'He has a demon!'

NET Bible
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon!'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For Yohannan came who ate nothing and drank nothing, and they said: 'He has a demon.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"John came neither eating nor drinking, and people say, 'There's a demon in him!'

Jubilee Bible 2000
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a devil.

King James 2000 Bible
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon.

American King James Version
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a devil.

American Standard Version
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a demon.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For John came neither eating nor drinking; and they say: He hath a devil.

Darby Bible Translation
For John has come neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon.

English Revised Version
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

Webster's Bible Translation
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a demon.

Weymouth New Testament
"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'

World English Bible
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'

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

11:16-24 Christ reflects on the scribes and Pharisees, who had a proud conceit of themselves. He likens their behaviour to children's play, who being out of temper without reason, quarrel with all the attempts of their fellows to please them, or to get them to join in the plays for which they used to assemble. The cavils of worldly men are often very trifling and show great malice. Something they have to urge against every one, however excellent and holy. Christ, who was undefiled, and separate from sinners, is here represented as in league with them, and polluted by them. The most unspotted innocence will not always be a defence against reproach. Christ knew that the hearts of the Jews were more bitter and hardened against his miracles and doctrines, than those of Tyre and Sidon would have been; therefore their condemnation would be the greater. The Lord exercises his almighty power, yet he punishes none more than they deserve, and never withholds the knowledge of the truth from those who long after it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - For John came neither eating (Matthew 3:4) nor drinking (Luke 1:15), and they say, He hath a devil; i.e. he is possessed of strange and melancholy fancies (see Bishop Westcott on John 7:20).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For John came neither eating nor drinking,.... This and the following verse are an explanation of the foregoing "parable"; and this shows, that John and his disciples are the persons that mourned, of which his austere life was a proof: for when he "came", being sent of God, and appeared as a public preacher, he was "neither eating nor drinking"; not that he did not eat or drink at all, otherwise he could not have lived, and discharged his office: but he ate sparingly, very little; and what he did eat and drink, was not the common food and drink of men; he neither ate bread nor drank wine, but lived upon locusts and wild honey; he excused all invitations to people's houses, and shunned all feasts and entertainments; he abstained from all free and sociable conversation with men, in eating and drinking: and though the Scribes and Pharisees pretended to much abstinence and frequent fastings, yet they did not care to follow his very severe way of living, and lament, in answer to his mournful ditty; but in a calumniating way,

they say he hath a devil; is a demoniac, a madman, one that is unsociable and melancholy; under a delusion of Satan, and influenced by him to abstain from proper food and company of men, under a pretence of religion.



Matthew 11:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Testifies about John
17and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.' 18"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon!' 19"The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds."
Cross References
Matthew 3:4
John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

Matthew 9:34
But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons."

Matthew 11:17
"'We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'

Mark 3:22
And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons."

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.

John 7:20
"You are demon-possessed," the crowd answered. "Who is trying to kill you?"

John 8:48
The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?"

John 8:52
At this they exclaimed, "Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death.

John 10:20
Many of them said, "He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?"
Treasury of Scripture

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a devil.

John.

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

Jeremiah 15:17 I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone …

Jeremiah 16:8,9 You shall not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them …

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

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that …

He.

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

2 Kings 9:11 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said to …

Jeremiah 29:26 The LORD has made you priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, …

Hosea 9:7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompense are come; …

John 7:20 The people answered and said, You have a devil: who goes about to kill you?

John 8:48 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 26:24 And as he thus spoke for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, …

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