Mark 1:3
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New International Version
"a voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"

New Living Translation
He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the LORD's coming! Clear the road for him!'"

English Standard Version
the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’”

New American Standard Bible
THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.'"

King James Bible
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!

International Standard Version
He is a voice calling out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way for the Lord! Make his paths straight!'"

NET Bible
the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make his paths straight.'"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“A voice that cries in the wilderness, prepare the way of THE LORD JEHOVAH and make level his paths.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"A voice cries out in the desert: 'Prepare the way for the Lord! Make his paths straight!'"

Jubilee Bible 2000
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.

King James 2000 Bible
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

American King James Version
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

American Standard Version
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight;

Douay-Rheims Bible
A voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

Darby Bible Translation
Voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of [the] Lord, make his paths straight.

English Revised Version
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight;

Webster's Bible Translation
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Weymouth New Testament
"The voice of one crying aloud: 'In the Desert prepare a road for the Lord: Make His highways straight.'"

World English Bible
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make ready the way of the Lord! Make his paths straight!'"

Young's Literal Translation
'A voice of one calling in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, straight make ye his paths,' --
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-8. Isaiah and Malachi each spake concerning the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in the ministry of John. From these prophets we may observe, that Christ, in his gospel, comes among us, bringing with him a treasure of grace, and a sceptre of government. Such is the corruption of the world, that there is great opposition to his progress. When God sent his Son into the world, he took care, and when he sends him into the heart, he takes care, to prepare his way before him. John thinks himself unworthy of the meanest office about Christ. The most eminent saints have always been the most humble. They feel their need of Christ's atoning blood and sanctifying Spirit, more than others. The great promise Christ makes in his gospel to those who have repented, and have had their sins forgiven them, is, they shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost; shall be purified by his graces, and refreshed by his comforts. We use the ordinances, word, and sacraments without profit and comfort, for the most part, because we have not of that Divine light within us; and we have it not because we ask it not; for we have his word that cannot fail, that our heavenly Father will give this light, his Holy Spirit, to those that ask it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The voice of one crying in the wilderness,.... This is the other testimony in proof of the same, and may be read in Isaiah 40:3. See Gill on Matthew 3:3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight—The second of these quotations is given by Matthew and Luke in the same connection, but they reserve the former quotation till they have occasion to return to the Baptist, after his imprisonment (Mt 11:10; Lu 7:27). (Instead of the words, "as it is written in the Prophets," there is weighty evidence in favor of the following reading: "As it is written in Isaiah the prophet." This reading is adopted by all the latest critical editors. If it be the true one, it is to be explained thus—that of the two quotations, the one from Malachi is but a later development of the great primary one in Isaiah, from which the whole prophetical matter here quoted takes its name. But the received text is quoted by Irenæus, before the end of the second century, and the evidence in its favor is greater in amount, if not in weight. The chief objection to it is, that if this was the true reading, it is difficult to see how the other one could have got in at all; whereas, if it be not the true reading, it is very easy to see how it found its way into the text, as it removes the startling difficulty of a prophecy beginning with the words of Malachi being ascribed to Isaiah.) For the exposition, see on [1395]Mt 3:1-6; [1396]Mt 3:11.

Mark 1:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Mission of John the Baptist
2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY; 3THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.'" 4John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.…
Cross References
Isaiah 40:3
A voice of one calling: "In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Matthew 3:1
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea

Matthew 3:3
This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"

Luke 3:2
during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.

Luke 3:4
As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.

John 1:23
John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.'"
Treasury of Scripture

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Isaiah 40:3-5 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way …

Matthew 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, …

Luke 3:4-6 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, …

John 1:15,19-34 John bore witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom …

John 3:28-36 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, …

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