For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ Bible see other translations

“neither eating nor drinking.” The context, and the fuller explanation in Luke 7:33-34, shows that John lived an ascetic lifestyle and did not eat all the food that others did, and did not drink wine. Jesus, on the other hand, ate like others and drank wine, such as at the wedding in Cana. But neither behavior satisfied the religious Jews, who criticized them both.

[For more information on eating and drinking, and the contrasting ministries of John and Jesus, see commentary on Luke 7:33.]

Commentary for: Matthew 11:18