Matthew 11:18
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.’

Berean Study Bible
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’

Berean Literal Bible
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
John the Baptist did not go around eating and drinking, and you said, "That man has a demon in him!"

Good News Translation
When John came, he fasted and drank no wine, and everyone said, 'He has a demon in him!'

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!'

New Heart English 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!'

New American Standard 1977
“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’

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;
Study Bible
Jesus Testifies about John
17‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at this glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and of sinners!’ But wisdom is vindicated by her actions.”…
Cross References
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 9:34
But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that He drives out demons."

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

Mark 3:22
And the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and, "By the prince of the demons He drives out demons."

Luke 1:15
for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He shall never take wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb.

John 7:20
"You have a demon," the crowd replied. "Who is trying to kill You?"

John 8:48
The Jews answered Him, "Are we not right to say that You are a Samaritan and You have a demon?"

John 8:52
"Now we know that You have a demon!" declared the Jews. "Abraham died, and so did the prophets, yet You say that anyone who keeps Your word will never taste death.

John 10:20
Many of them said, "He is demon-possessed and insane. Why would you 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 leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

Jeremiah 15:17
I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.

Jeremiah 16:8,9
Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink…

He.

Matthew 10:25
It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

2 Kings 9:11
Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee? And he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication.

Jeremiah 29:26
The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the LORD, for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

John
Ἰωάννης (Iōannēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2491: Of Hebrew origin; Joannes, the name of four Israelites.

came
Ἦλθεν (Ēlthen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

neither
μήτε (mēte)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3383: Nor, neither, not even, neither?nor. From me and te; not too, i.e. neither or nor; also, not even.

eating
ἐσθίων (esthiōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2068: Strengthened for a primary edo; used only in certain tenses, the rest being supplied by phago; to eat.

nor
μήτε (mēte)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3383: Nor, neither, not even, neither?nor. From me and te; not too, i.e. neither or nor; also, not even.

drinking,
πίνων (pinōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4095: To drink, imbibe. A prolonged form of pio, which poo occurs only as an alternate in certain tenses; to imbibe.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

they say,
λέγουσιν (legousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

‘He has
ἔχει (echei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

a demon!’
Δαιμόνιον (Daimonion)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1140: An evil-spirit, demon; a heathen deity. Neuter of a derivative of daimon; a d?Monic being; by extension a deity.
(18) He hath a devil.--The phrase was a common one, asserting at once the fact of insanity, and ascribing it to demoniacal possession as its cause. (Comp. John 7:20; John 8:48.) This was the explanation which the scribes gave of John's austerities. The locusts and wild honey were to them the diet of a madman.

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). 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.
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