And as they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, What went you out into the wilderness to see?…
1. A light man, inconsistent, tossed to and fro; at one time, impelled by the words of flatterers, he asserts something; again, being driven by detractors, he denies it, as a reed is blown in different directions by different winds.
2. A man devoid of truth, virtue, and consistency — without stamina.
3. One who has no fruit of good works to show.
4. He who is delighted with, and feeds upon, the fluctuating pleasures of the world. For a reed is dry, yet it grows beside the waters.
Parallel VersesKJV: And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?