John 1:28
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New International Version
This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

New Living Translation
This encounter took place in Bethany, an area east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.

English Standard Version
These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Berean Study Bible
All this happened at Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Berean Literal Bible
These things took place in Bethany, across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

New American Standard Bible
These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

King James Bible
These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All this happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

International Standard Version
This happened in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

NET Bible
These things happened in Bethany across the Jordan River where John was baptizing.

New Heart English Bible
These things were done in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
These were in Bethany at the crossing of the Jordan where Yohannan was baptizing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This happened in Bethany on the east side of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.

New American Standard 1977
These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

King James 2000 Bible
These things were done in Bethany beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

American King James Version
These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

American Standard Version
These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
These things were done in Bethania, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Darby Bible Translation
These things took place in Bethany, across the Jordan, where John was baptising.

English Revised Version
These things were done in Bethany beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Webster's Bible Translation
These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Weymouth New Testament
This conversation took place at Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

World English Bible
These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Young's Literal Translation
These things came to pass in Bethabara, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing,
Study Bible
The Mission of John the Baptist
27He is the One who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” 28All this happened at Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.…
Cross References
John 1:43
The next day Jesus decided to set out for Galilee. Finding Philip, He told him, "Follow Me."

John 3:26
So John's disciples came to him and said, "Look, Rabbi, the One who was with you beyond the Jordan, whom you testified about--He is baptizing, and everyone is going to Him."

John 10:40
Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had first been baptizing, and He stayed there.
Treasury of Scripture

These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Bethabara.

John 10:40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first …

Judges 7:24 And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, …

Bethbarah.

John 12:5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

where.

John 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there …

(28) Bethabara beyond Jordan should be, Bethany beyond Jordan. Origen found "Bethany" in "almost all the copies," but not being able to find the place, he came to the conclusion that it must be Bethabara which he heard of, with a local tradition that John had baptised there; and in this he is followed by the Fathers generally. In support of this the etymology of Bethabara (= "ford-house") is compared with a possible meaning of Bethany (= "ship-house"), and the two are regarded as popular names of some well-known ford, one of which gradually ceased to be known as the name of this place, because it became appropriated as a name of the Bethany made prominent in the closing scenes of our Lord's life. On the other hand, it is believed that this argument from etymology is at least precarious; that ignorance of the place after three hundred years--and these years of war and unsettlement--is not unnatural; that the tradition in favour of Bethabara, which was then a favourite place for baptism, is one likely to have grown with this fact; and that we are not justified in adopting the critical decision of Origen, who rejected the almost unanimous evidence of MSS. in favour of this tradition at second hand. We are, moreover, ignorant of the site of Bethabara, and the identification with either Beth-barah (Judges 7:24), or Beth-nimrah (Numbers 32:36; Joshua 13:27), which in some readings of the LXX. had taken the forms Bethabra and Betharaba, gives a position much too far to the south, for the writer is clearly speaking of a place within easy approach of Galilee (John 1:43 and John 2:1), and he is careful to note the succession of days and even hours. It is not inconsistent with this that the narrative in Matthew 3:5 and Mark 1:5 seems to require a place of easy access from Jerusalem, for the positions are not necessarily the same, and the account there is of a general impression, while here we have the minute details of an eye-witness. Himself a disciple of John, he remembers the place where he was then dwelling and baptising, and he knows that this Bethany is "beyond Jordan," just as he knows that the other is "the town of Mary and her sister Martha" (John 11:1), and that it "was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off (John 11:18). Dr. Caspari believes that a "Bethany" answering the demands of the context is to be found in the village Tellanje or Tellanihje, which is in the Iolan to the north of the Sea of Galilee (comp. John 10:40). It is near a ford of the Jordan, with several brooks intervening. The identity of name depends upon the frequent substitution by the Arabs of "Tell" (= "hill") for "Beth" (="house"), so that the present word represents Beth-anje, or Bethany. Dr. Caspari's statement is now accessible to the English reader. Few, perhaps, will fully accept the author's opinion, "With regard to the accuracy of our conclusion respecting the site, there can, therefore, be no doubt" (Chron. and Geogr., Introd., p. 93), but it is based upon a reading of which there can be no doubt, and is, at least, a probable interpretation.

We have in these verses also a note of time. John now knows the Messiah, though others do not. This inquiry of the legates from Jerusalem was, therefore,, after the baptism of our Lord (John 1:31; John 1:33), and if so, after the Temptation also. (See Note on Matthew 4:1.)

Verse 28. - These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The fact that John the Baptist, in the previous verses, recognizes the Messiah, and that in vers. 31-33 he declares that knowledge to have followed the baptism and the sign then given to him, makes it obvious that the baptism and the forty days of the temptation are now in the past. Every day is clearly marked from the day on which the deputation from the Sanhedrin approached him, till we find Jesus at Cana, on his way to Jerusalem. Consequently, the baptism of Christ, which was the occasion of the higher knowledge that John acquired concerning him, as well as the temptation, had been consummated. Of this last it would seem highly probable John had received, in subsequent conversation with the Lord, a full report. The Lord had passed through the fiery ordeal. He had accepted the position of the Servant of the Lord, who, in the way of privation, suffering, fierce antagonism from world, flesh, and devil, would win the crown of victory and prove himself to be the Life and Light of the world. This chronological hint appears to me to explain the sudden and surprising utterance of the next verse. These things were done in Bethabara,.... That is, this testimony was bore by John; and this discourse passed between him and the Pharisees, at the place here mentioned; which was a passage over Jordan, where much people walked to go on the other side,

beyond Jordan; and

where also John was baptizing; which brought a great concourse of people together: so that this witness was bore in a very public manner, and before a large number; and it is to this that Christ refers, in John 1:33 for this was so well known, that there was no hiding or denying it: the place where this conversation passed, is in the Vulgate Latin, and all the eastern versions; and in the Alexandrian copy, and many other copies, and so in Nonnus, called Bethany; but as De Dieu observes, Bethany was not beyond Jordan, nor in the wilderness of Judea, but near to Jerusalem, about two miles distant from it; nor was it situated by waters convenient for baptizing, unless they went to the brook Kidron, which indeed was not far from it; but it is clear from the history, that John was not so near Jerusalem; nor did that brook which might be forded over, continues the same learned author, seem fit and proper enough, `"mergendis baptizandorum corporibus", for plunging the bodies of those that were to be baptized'; wherefore he rightly concludes, that either this reading is an error, or there was another Bethany near Jordan: Bethabara signifies "the house of passage", and is thought to be the place where the Israelites passed over Jordan, to go into the land of Canaan, Joshua 3:16. And which, as it must be a very convenient place for the administration of baptism by immersion, used by John, so it was very significant of the use of this ordinance; which is, as it were, the passage, or entrance, into the Gospel church state; for persons ought first to be baptized, and then be admitted into a Gospel church, according to the example of the primitive Christians, Acts 2:41 but whether there was a place of this name, where the Israelites went over Jordan, is not certain; and if there was, it does not seem so likely to be the place here designed, since that was right over against Jericho; whereas this seems to be rather further off, and over against Galilee: there were several passages of Jordan, Judges 12:5. There was a bridge over it, between the lake of Samochon and Gennesaret, now called Jacob's bridge, where Jacob is supposed to have wrestled with the angel, and to have met with his brother Esau; and there was another over it at Chainmath, near Tiberias, and in other places: and it might be at one of these passages, by which they went over into Galilee, that John pitched upon to continue preaching and baptizing at; partly because of the number of people that went over, to whom he had the opportunity of preaching; and partly, for the sake of baptizing those who became proper subjects of that ordinance through his ministry. Some have thought, that this place is the same with Bethbarah, in Judges 7:24, which was either in the tribe of Ephraim or of Manasseh, and not far from the parts where this place must be, but was on this side Jordan; and so Beza says the words should be rendered; and those who came to John at Jordan, are not said to pass over that river: others are of opinion, that Bethabara is the same with Betharabah, Joshua 15:6, since this is called Bethabara by the Septuagint, in Joshua 18:22. However, be it what place soever, and wheresoever, it was no doubt very proper for John's purpose; and therefore he chose it, and for a while continued at it: and here, says Jerom (a).

"to this day many of the brethren, that is, of the number of believers, desiring there to be born again, are baptized in the vital stream;

such veneration had they for the place where John first baptized: Origen says (b), that in his time it was said, that Bethabara was showed by the banks of Jordan, where they report John baptized,

(a) De Locis Hebraicis, fol. 89. L. (b) Comment in Joannemo, Tom. 8. p. 131. 28. Bethabara—Rather, "Bethany" (according to nearly all the best and most ancient manuscripts); not the Bethany of Lazarus, but another of the same name, and distinguished from it as lying "beyond Jordan," on the east.1:19-28 John disowns himself to be the Christ, who was now expected and waited for. He came in the spirit and power of Elias, but he was not the person of Elias. John was not that Prophet whom Moses said the Lord would raise up to them of their brethren, like unto him. He was not such a prophet as they expected, who would rescue them from the Romans. He gave such an account of himself, as might excite and awaken them to hearken to him. He baptized the people with water as a profession of repentance, and as an outward sign of the spiritual blessings to be conferred on them by the Messiah, who was in the midst of them, though they knew him not, and to whom he was unworthy to render the meanest service.
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