Luke 3:8
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New International Version
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

New Living Translation
Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don't just say to each other, 'We're safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.' That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones.

English Standard Version
Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore produce fruits worthy of repentance. And do not begin to say in yourselves, 'We have Abraham as father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father,' for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.

King James Bible
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. And don't start saying to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones!

International Standard Version
Produce fruit that is consistent with repentance! Don't begin to say to yourselves, 'We have father Abraham!' because I tell you that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones!

NET Bible
Therefore produce fruit that proves your repentance, and don't begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Produce therefore fruits worthy for repentance and do not start to say within yourselves, 'Abraham is our father', for I say to you that God can raise up from these stones children to Abraham.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do those things that prove that you have turned to God and have changed the way you think and act. Don't say, 'Abraham is our ancestor.' I guarantee that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore bring forth fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father; for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

King James 2000 Bible
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

American King James Version
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say to you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

American Standard Version
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of penance; and do not begin to say, We have Abraham for our father. For I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

Darby Bible Translation
Produce therefore fruits worthy of repentance; and begin not to say in yourselves, We have Abraham for [our] father, for I say unto you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

English Revised Version
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Webster's Bible Translation
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father: for I say to you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

Weymouth New Testament
Live lives which shall prove your change of heart; and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our forefather,' for I tell you that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones.

World English Bible
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and don't begin to say among yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father;' for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones!

Young's Literal Translation
make, therefore, fruits worthy of the reformation, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have a father -- Abraham; for I say to you, that God is able out of these stones to raise children to Abraham;
Study Bible
The Mission of John the Baptist
7Then John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9The ax lies ready at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”…
Word Study

Therefore
oun (Conj)
Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

(a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

Probably from the base of harpazo; fruit, literally or figuratively.

Worthy, worthy of, deserving, comparable, suitable. Probably from ago; deserving, comparable or suitable.

of repentance.
metanoias (N-GFS)
From metanoeo; compunction; by implication, reversal (another's) decision).

And, even, also, namely.

{do} not
mē (Adv)
Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

To begin. Middle voice of archo; to commence.

(a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; "in, " at, on, by, etc.

Himself, herself, itself.

To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

Abraham, progenitor of the Hebrew race. Of Hebrew origin; Abraham, the Hebrew patriarch.

[as] father.’
Patera (N-AMS)
Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a "father".

For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

(a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

(a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

to raise up
egeirai (V-ANA)
(a) I wake, arouse, (b) I raise up. Probably akin to the base of agora; to waken, i.e. Rouse.

A child, descendent, inhabitant. From the base of timoria; a child.

to Abraham
Abraam (N-DMS)
Abraham, progenitor of the Hebrew race. Of Hebrew origin; Abraham, the Hebrew patriarch.

From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

This; he, she, it.

A stone; met: of Jesus as the chief stone in a building. Apparently a primary word; a stone.

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

Already; now at length, now after all this waiting. Apparently from e and de; even now.

And, even, also, namely.

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
Ezekiel 33:24
"Son of man, they who live in these waste places in the land of Israel are saying, 'Abraham was only one, yet he possessed the land; so to us who are many the land has been given as a possession.'

Matthew 3:8
Produce fruit worthy of repentance.

Matthew 3:9
And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Luke 5:21
But the scribes and Pharisees began to consider this and ask, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

Luke 13:25
After the master of the house gets up and shuts the door, you will stand outside knocking and saying, 'Lord, open the door for us.' But he will reply, 'I do not know where you are from.'

Luke 13:26
Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'

Luke 14:9
Then the host who invited both of you will come and tell you, 'Give this man your seat.' And in humiliation, you will have to take the last place.

Luke 16:24
So he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. For I am in agony in this fire.'

Luke 16:30
No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone is sent to them from the dead, they will repent.'

Luke 19:9
Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham.
Treasury of Scripture

Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say to you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

fruits.

Isaiah 1:16-18 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before …

Ezekiel 18:27-31 Again, when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he …

Acts 26:20 But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout …

2 Corinthians 7:10,11 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented …

Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus …

Hebrews 6:7,8 For the earth which drinks in the rain that comes oft on it, and …

worthy of. or, meet for. We.

Luke 13:28,29 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you shall see …

Luke 16:23-31 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham …

Isaiah 48:1,2 Hear you this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of …

Jeremiah 7:4-10 Trust you not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The …

John 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage …

Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the …

Romans 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: …

of these.

Luke 19:40 And he answered and said to them, I tell you that, if these should …

Joshua 4:3-8 And command you them, saying, Take you hence out of the middle of …

Matthew 8:11,12 And I say to you, That many shall come from the east and west, and …

Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I to you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, …

Galatians 3:28,29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there …

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