Matthew 11:18
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New International Version
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'

King James Bible
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

Darby Bible Translation
For John has come neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon.

World English Bible
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'

Young's Literal Translation
'For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a demon;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For John came neither eating nor drinking - Leading a very austere and mortified life: and yet, he did not receive him. A sinner will not be persuaded that what he has no mind to imitate can come from God. There are some who will rather blame holiness itself, than esteem it in those whom they do not like.

He hath a devil - He is a vile hypocrite, influenced by a demon to deceive and destroy the simple.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John.

Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leather girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

Jeremiah 15:17 I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of your hand: for you have filled me with indignation.

Jeremiah 16:8,9 You shall not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink...

Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink...

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others...

He.

Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord...

2 Kings 9:11 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said to him, Is all well? why came this mad fellow to you?...

Jeremiah 29:26 The LORD has made you priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that you should be officers in the house of the LORD...

Hosea 9:7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompense are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad...

John 7:20 The people answered and said, You have a devil: who goes about to kill you?

John 8:48 Then answered the Jews, and said to him, Say we not well that you are a Samaritan, and have a devil?

John 10:20 And many of them said, He has a devil, and is mad; why hear you him?

Acts 26:24 And as he thus spoke for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, you are beside yourself; much learning does make you mad.

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The Friend of Publicans and Sinners
'The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children,'--MATT. xi. 19. Jesus very seldom took notice of His enemies' slanders. 'When He was reviled He reviled not again.' If ever He did, it was for the sake of those whom it harmed to distort His beauty. Thus, here He speaks, without the slightest trace of irritation, of the capricious inconsistency of condemning Himself and John
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

John's Doubts of Jesus, and Jesus' Praise of John
'Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3. And said unto Him, Art Thou He that should come, or do we look for another? 4. Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5. The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me. 7.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Again on the Words of the Gospel, Matt. xi. 28, "Come unto Me, all Ye that Labour and are Heavy Laden, and I Will Give You
1. It seems strange to some, Brethren, when they hear the Lord say, "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." [2323] And they consider that they who have fearlessly bowed their necks to this yoke, and have with much submission taken this burden upon their shoulders, are tossed about and exercised by so great
Saint Augustine—sermons on selected lessons of the new testament

The Sinner's Friend
"Savior of sinners they proclaim, Sinners of whom the chief I am." What the invidious Jews said in bitter spleen, has been turned by the Holy Spirit to the most gracious account. Where they poured out vials of hate, odours of sacred incense arise. Troubled consciences have found a sweet balm in the very sound. Jesus, "the friend of publicans and sinners," has proved himself friendly to them, and they have become friends with him; so completely has he justified the very name which his enemies gave
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 10: 1864

Cross References
Matthew 3:4
John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

Matthew 9:34
But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons."

Matthew 11:17
"'We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'

Mark 3:22
And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons."

Luke 1:15
for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.

John 7:20
"You are demon-possessed," the crowd answered. "Who is trying to kill you?"

John 8:48
The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?"

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