Luke 3:3
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New International Version
He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

New Living Translation
Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven.

English Standard Version
And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

New American Standard Bible
And he came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins;

King James Bible
And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He went into all the vicinity of the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,

International Standard Version
John went throughout the entire Jordan region, proclaiming a baptism about repentance for the forgiveness of sins,

NET Bible
He went into all the region around the Jordan River, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he came into the whole region which is around the Jordan while he was preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
John traveled throughout the region around the Jordan River. He told people about a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

King James 2000 Bible
And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

American King James Version
And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

American Standard Version
And he came into all the region round about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he came into all the country about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of penance for the remission of sins;

Darby Bible Translation
And he came into all the district round the Jordan, preaching [the] baptism of repentance for [the] remission of sins,

English Revised Version
And he came into all the region round about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins;

Webster's Bible Translation
And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance, for the remission of sins;

Weymouth New Testament
John went into all the district about the Jordan proclaiming a baptism of the penitent for the forgiveness of sins;

World English Bible
He came into all the region around the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for remission of sins.

Young's Literal Translation
and he came to all the region round the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of reformation -- to remission of sins,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-14 The scope and design of John's ministry were, to bring the people from their sins, and to their Saviour. He came preaching, not a sect, or party, but a profession; the sign or ceremony was washing with water. By the words here used John preached the necessity of repentance, in order to the remission of sins, and that the baptism of water was an outward sign of that inward cleansing and renewal of heart, which attend, or are the effects of true repentance, as well as a profession of it. Here is the fulfilling of the Scriptures, Isa 40:3, in the ministry of John. When way is made for the gospel into the heart, by taking down high thoughts, and bringing them into obedience to Christ, by levelling the soul, and removing all that hinders us in the way of Christ and his grace, then preparation is made to welcome the salvation of God. Here are general warnings and exhortations which John gave. The guilty, corrupted race of mankind is become a generation of vipers; hateful to God, and hating one another. There is no way of fleeing from the wrath to come, but by repentance; and by the change of our way the change of our mind must be shown. If we are not really holy, both in heart and life, our profession of religion and relation to God and his church, will stand us in no stead at all; the sorer will our destruction be, if we do not bring forth fruits meet for repentance. John the Baptist gave instructions to several sorts of persons. Those that profess and promise repentance, must show it by reformation, according to their places and conditions. The gospel requires mercy, not sacrifice; and its design is, to engage us to do all the good we can, and to be just to all men. And the same principle which leads men to forego unjust gain, leads to restore that which is gained by wrong. John tells the soldiers their duty. Men should be cautioned against the temptations of their employments. These answers declared the present duty of the inquirers, and at once formed a test of their sincerity. As none can or will accept Christ's salvation without true repentance, so the evidence and effects of this repentance are here marked out.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - And he came into all the country about Jordan. The reputation of John probably preceded the Divine summons. His family - the son of a well-known priestly family - the marvellous circumstances attendant on his birth, his ascetic manner of life from the beginning, - all this had contributed to make him a marked personage; so, when he left his solitude, we read in the other evangelists how multitudes came forth to hear the strange burning words, the Divine eloquence of one long looked upon by the people as set apart for a great work. He seems to have principally preached and taught in the Jordan valley - no doubt for the convenience of his candidates for baptism. But he evidently did not confine his preaching to one spot or even to one neighborhood. The district here alluded to was about a hundred and fifty miles in length. The expectation of Messiah for centuries had been the root of all true life in Israel; gradually, as the clouds of evil fortune gathered thick over the people, the figure of the coming Messiah assumed a different aspect. At first a holier Monarch than their loved David, a grander Sovereign and a mightier than the Solomon of whom they were so proud, a King whose dominions should be broader far than even the wide realm ruled over by the son of Jesse and his greater son, was the ideal dreamed of by the Hebrew. In the long period of misfortune which succeeded the golden days of the monarchy, the people at first longed for a deliverer, and then - as never a ray of sunlight pierced the clouds which surrounded them - an avenger took the place of a deliverer. The Messiah of the future must be One who should restore his people certainly, but in the restoration must exact a sharp and severe reckoning from those who had so long oppressed his Israel. They had no conception of their true state, - their hypocrisy, their formalism, their total ignorance of all true spiritual religion. Their higher and cultured classes were selfish, grasping, impure, untrue. The mass of the people were ignorant and degraded, cruel fanatics, excited and untutored, zealots. From this mistaken notion of Messiah and his work it was necessary that a prophet, eminent and gifted like those mighty men who had wrought great things in times past among the people, should arise among them, and with strong, powerful, inspired words convince them of their fatal error - one who, in the language of the greatest of the order, should prepare the way of the Lord. How imperatively necessary, for the work of the Redeemer, this work of the pioneer was, is seen from the extreme difficulty which Jesus Christ himself found in persuading even his own little faithful band to realize anything of the nature of his work; in good truth they never, not even the noblest spirits among them, really grasped the secret of their Master's mission till the cross and the Passion belonged to history, and the Crucified had become the Risen, and the Risen the ascended God. The baptism of repentance. What, first, did John mean by repentance? The word translates the Greek μετάοεῖτε, which signifies "change of mind." In the Gospel of St. Matthew, where John's work is told in slightly different language, he is represented as saying, "Repent ye" (μετανοεῖτε). There his words might be paraphrased, "Turn ye from your old thoughts, from your state of self-content, self-satisfaction; mend your ways; reform." Here, then, the baptism (what that signified we shall discuss presently) which he preached and summoned men to, must be accompanied with a change of mind; the baptized must be no longer content with their present state or conduct; they must change their ways and reform their lives. Let them, those who were convinced that he was indeed a man of God, that his words were right and true - let them come to him, determined to change their conduct in life, and receive from his hands a baptism, a washing - the symbol of the means of purification; for John's baptism was nothing more. Now, baptism, it is clear, was not at this time practiced among the Jews. It was not, as far as we can trace, even used in the case of pagan proselytes to Judaism. This apparently only became a national custom after the fall of Jerusalem, A.D. 70, forty years later. His very title, "the Baptist," in some way shows us that he practiced an unusual, if not a novel, rite in the course of his preaching and teaching. John's baptism (to use Dr. Morrison's vivid expressions, Commentary on Matthew 3:6) was just the embodiment, in significant optical symbolism, of the significant audible symbolism of the Old Testament prophets, when they cried aloud and said, "Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes" (Isaiah 1:16); "In float day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness" (Zechariah 13:l); "Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you. and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you" (Ezekiel 36:25, 26). This view of John's baptism, viz. that it was a symbol, and nothing more, was suggested by Josephus writing for the Jews. "John," he says, "enjoined upon the Jews first to cultivate virtue and to put in practice righteousness toward one another, and piety toward God, and then to come to his baptism, for thus only would the baptism be acceptable to God" ('Ant.,' 18:05, 2).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he came into all the country about Jordan,.... He came out of the wilderness of Judea, where he first began his ministry, to some parts of the country that bordered on Jordan, and was near unto it, on either side the river; sometimes he was at Bethabara, and sometimes at Aenon, near Salim; for he did not take a tour round about all, the country that encompassed Jordan, but being at it, or in places adjacent to it, all the country round about came to him; see Matthew 3:5.

Preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins: this was the work and office of John, as signified by Elias, in Malachi 4:5 the Jews say (n),

"the Israelites will not repent, till Elias comes; as it is said, Malachi 4:5 in the land of Israel repentance delights.''

John came into this land, preaching this doctrine; See Gill on Mark 1:4.

(n) Pirke Eliezer, c. 44.



Luke 3:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Mission of John the Baptist
2in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. 3And he came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins; 4as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, "THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:5
People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.

Luke 1:16
He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.

Luke 4:1
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

Acts 13:24
Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

the country.

Matthew 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region …

Mark 1:4,5 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance …

John 1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John 3:26 And they came to John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with you …

preaching.

Matthew 3:6,11 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins…

Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance …

John 1:31-33 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, …

Acts 13:24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance …

Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John truly baptized with the baptism of repentance, …

Acts 22:16 And now why tarry you? arise, and be baptized, and wash away your …

for.

Luke 1:77 To give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins,

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