Matthew 11:8
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New International Version
If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces.

New Living Translation
Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people with expensive clothes live in palaces.

English Standard Version
What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.

Berean Study Bible
What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? Look, those who wear fine clothing are found in kings' palaces.

Berean Literal Bible
But what did you go out to see? A man having been dressed in delicate clothing? Behold, those wearing delicate clothing are in kings' houses.

New American Standard Bible
"But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings' palaces!

King James Bible
But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothes? Look, those who wear soft clothes are in kings' palaces.

International Standard Version
Really, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? See, those who wear fancy clothes live in kings' houses.

NET Bible
What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? Look, those who wear fancy clothes are in the homes of kings!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Otherwise, what did you go out to see; a man who wears a long soft robe? Behold those who wear soft things are in the house of the King.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Really, what did you go to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? Those who wear fine clothes are in royal palaces.

New American Standard 1977
“But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ palaces.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, those that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

King James 2000 Bible
But what went you out to see? A man clothed in soft clothes? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

American King James Version
But what went you out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

American Standard Version
But what went ye out to see? a man clothed in soft raiment ? Behold, they that wear soft raiment are in king's houses.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But what went you out to see? a man clothed in soft garments? Behold they that are clothed in soft garments, are in the houses of kings.

Darby Bible Translation
But what went ye out to see? a man clothed in delicate raiment? behold, those who wear delicate things are in the houses of kings.

English Revised Version
But what went ye out for to see? a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft raiment are in kings' houses.

Webster's Bible Translation
But what went ye out to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

Weymouth New Testament
But what did you go out to see? A man luxuriously dressed? Those who wear luxurious clothes are to be found in kings' palaces.

World English Bible
But what did you go out to see? A man in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in king's houses.

Young's Literal Translation
'But what went ye out to see? -- a man clothed in soft garments? lo, those wearing the soft things are in the kings' houses.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
11:7-15 What Christ said concerning John, was not only for his praise, but for the people's profit. Those who attend on the word will be called to give an account of their improvements. Do we think when the sermon is done, the care is over? No, then the greatest of the care begins. John was a self-denying man, dead to all the pomps of the world and the pleasures of sense. It becomes people, in all their appearances, to be consistent with their character and their situation. John was a great and good man, yet not perfect; therefore he came short of glorified saints. The least in heaven knows more, loves more, and does more in praising God, and receives more from him, than the greatest in this world. But by the kingdom of heaven here, is rather to be understood the kingdom of grace, the gospel dispensation in its power and purity. What reason we have to be thankful that our lot is cast in the days of the kingdom of heaven, under such advantages of light and love! Multitudes were wrought upon by the ministry of John, and became his disciples. And those strove for a place in this kingdom, that one would think had no right nor title to it, and so seemed to be intruders. It shows us what fervency and zeal are required of all. Self must be denied; the bent, the frame and temper of the mind must be altered. Those who will have an interest in the great salvation, will have it upon any terms, and not think them hard, nor quit their hold without a blessing. The things of God are of great and common concern. God requires no more from us than the right use of the faculties he has given us. People are ignorant, because they will not learn.
Study Bible
Jesus Testifies about John
7As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the wind? 8What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? Look, those who wear fine clothing are found in kings’ palaces. 9What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:54
"The man who is refined and very delicate among you shall be hostile toward his brother and toward the wife he cherishes and toward the rest of his children who remain,

Matthew 3:4
John wore a garment of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

Matthew 11:7
As John's disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the wind?

Matthew 11:9
What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Luke 7:25
If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? Look, those who wear elegant clothing and live in luxury are found in palaces.
Treasury of Scripture

But what went you out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

A man.

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

2 Kings 1:8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle …

Isaiah 20:2 At the same time spoke the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, …

Zechariah 13:4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be …

1 Corinthians 4:11 Even to this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, …

2 Corinthians 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, …

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy …

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