Matthew 11:18

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
He hath a devil. Those possessed by devils, were often accustomed to pass their time in the open air, to use unusual food, and sometimes to refrain a considerable time from meat and drink. (Menochius)

Hilary of Poitiers

AD 368
“Wisdom has been vindicated by her children.” Those who resist the kingdom of heaven tear apart heaven itself in attempting to justify themselves. The action of Wisdom is just, because she has transferred her gift from the obstinate and faithless to the faithful and obedient covenant people. However, it is useful in this place to consider carefully the virtue of the remark “Wisdom has been proved right by her actions,” which Jesus certainly said about himself. For Jesus is Wisdom itself not because of his acts of power but by his very nature. Everything has capability, but capability is demonstrated in actions. Thus an act of goodness is not the same as goodness itself, just as an effect is distinguishable from its cause.

John Chrysostom

AD 407
And mark them, how in another respect also they are carried about into contradictory opinions. For whereas they had said of John, he has a devil, Matthew 11:18 they stopped not at this, but said the very same again concerning Him, taking as He did the opposite course; thus were they forever carried about into conflicting opinions. But Luke herewith sets down also another and a heavier charge against them, saying, For the publicans justified God, having received the baptism of John.

Theodore the Stratelates

AD 319
Christ himself was judged by those who believed in him to be the living, foundational wisdom, who managed everything justly. Although he was treated spitefully by the unbelieving Jews, he did not stop speaking kindly to the Jews and calling them to be his children.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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