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Now this John had clothing made of camel’s hair, and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Bible

“this John.” In the Greek text, the autos is demonstrative, “this John” (the one being discussed); it is not intensive, “John himself.” Cp. Robertson, Grammar, p. 686, and Lenski).

“camel’s hair.” The garment of camel’s hair was a rough, thick, outer garment. It was common, and when James Freeman wrote Manners and Customs of the Bible in 1875, it was still worn quite commonly by Arabs.


Commentary for: Matthew 3:4