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Matthew 11:8

8 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.

Read Matthew 11:8 Using Other Translations

But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people with expensive clothes live in palaces.

What does Matthew 11:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 11:8

But what went ye out for to see?
&c.] Since it cannot be thought it was to see the reeds in the wilderness blow to and fro by the wind, or a man like one of them, either in gesture or doctrine; was it to see

a man clothed in soft raiment?
In raiment made of soft materials, as fine wool, cotton, silk such as Mecaenos wore, and who was therefore called Malacinus F25: one finely dressed, and richly apparelled, draws the eyes of persons to him; but such an one is not to be expected in a wilderness: and if the Jews went to see such a person, they were greatly disappointed; for John's raiment was of camel's hair, undressed, and he had a leathern girdle about his loins; and as for his diet, it was locusts and wild honey: no,

behold they that wear soft clothing,
or, as Luke says, are "gorgeously apparelled"; to which he adds,

and live delicately, are in kings' houses,
or "courts"; not in a desert, where John came preaching, nor in a prison, where he now was: he was no light, inconstant, flattering person, as generally courtiers are; had he, he would not have been in a prison; it was for his uprightness and faithfulness, in reproving Herod the king, that he was in such a place and condition. Thus from his very garb and diet, his character is vindicated from the charge of levity and change.


FOOTNOTES:

F25 Alex. ab Alex. Genial Dier. 1. 5. c. 18.
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