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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 other translations

“this John.” In the Greek text, the word autos, “this,” 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 robe. It was common, and when James Freeman wrote Manners and Customs of the Bible in 1875, it was still worn quite commonly by Arabs. It was likely a similar outer robe to what Elijah wore centuries before (2 Kings 1:8).


Commentary for: Matthew 3:4