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Luke 3:11

ESV And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
NIV John answered, 'Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.'
NASB And he would answer and say to them, 'The one who has two tunics is to share with the one who has none; and the one who has food is to do likewise.'
CSB He replied to them, "The one who has two shirts must share with someone who has none, and the one who has food must do the same."
NLT John replied, 'If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.'
KJV He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

What does Luke 3:11 mean?

John the Baptist preaches repentance. His underlying theme is that sincerity before God is required to escape judgment. That humble submission is demonstrated by acts corresponding to a repentant heart (Luke 3:1–6). Those who think doing good works, or being baptized, or being Jewish are enough to earn salvation are terribly mistaken (Luke 3:7–8). In this passage, John addresses what repentance from sin looks like, in practice, among different groups of people in his era.

The public has asked John "what then shall we do" (Luke 3:10) in response to his challenge. His answer encourages sacrificial love for one's neighbor (Mark 12:28–31). This is represented by caring for other people's basic needs—such as clothing and food—when we have enough for ourselves. The tunic in question was effectively an undergarment; this underscores the statement as a reference to fundamental human needs.
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