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Matthew 11:8

    Matthew 11:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But what went you out to see? a man delicately clothed? Those who have fair robes are in kings' houses.

    Webster's Revision

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

    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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Matthew 11:8

    Raiment - Clothing; apparel; covering.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 11:8

    A man clothed in soft raiment? - A second excellency in John was, his sober and mortified life. A preacher of the Gospel should have nothing about him which savours of effeminacy and worldly pomp: he is awfully mistaken who thinks to prevail on the world to hear him and receive the truth, by conforming himself to its fashions and manners. Excepting the mere color of his clothes, we can scarcely now distinguish a preacher of the Gospel, whether in the establishment of the country, or out of it, from the merest worldly man. Ruffles, powder, and fribble seem universally to prevail. Thus the Church and the world begin to shake hands, the latter still retaining its enmity to God. How can those who profess to preach the doctrine of the cross act in this way? Is not a worldly-minded preacher, in the most peculiar sense, an abomination in the eyes of the Lord?

    Are in kings' houses - A third excellency in John was, he did not affect high things. He was contented to live in the desert, and to announce the solemn and severe truths of his doctrine to the simple inhabitants of the country. Let it be well observed, that the preacher who conforms to the world in his clothing, is never in his element but when he is frequenting the houses and tables of the rich and great.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 11:8

    Clothed in soft raiment - The kind of raiment here denoted was the light, thin clothing worn by effeminate persons. It was made commonly of fine linen, and was worn chiefly for ornament. Christ asks them whether they were attracted by anything like that. He says that the desert was not the place to expect it. In the palaces of kings, in the court of Herod, it might be expected, but not in the place where John was. This kind of clothing was an emblem of riches, splendor, effeminacy, feebleness of character. He meant to say that John was a man of a different stamp - coarse in his exterior, hardy in his character, firm in his virtue, suited to endure trials and privations, and thus qualified to be the forerunner of the toiling and suffering Messiah.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 11:8

    11:8 A man clothed in soft, delicate raiment - An effeminate courtier, accustomed to fawning and flattery? You may expect to find persons of such a character in palaces; not in a wilderness.