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

New Living Translation
In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was,

English Standard Version
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

Berean Study Bible
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea

Berean Literal Bible
Now in those days John the Baptist comes, preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

New American Standard Bible
Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,

King James Bible
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Wilderness of Judea

International Standard Version
About this time, John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the Judean wilderness,

NET Bible
In those days John the Baptist came into the wilderness of Judea proclaiming,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And in those days Yohannan The Baptizer came and was preaching in the desert of Judaea.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Later, John the Baptizer appeared in the desert of Judea. His message was,

New American Standard 1977
Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,

Jubilee Bible 2000
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea

King James 2000 Bible
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

American King James Version
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

American Standard Version
And in those days cometh John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea.

Darby Bible Translation
Now in those days comes John the baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

English Revised Version
And in those days cometh John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

Webster's Bible Translation
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

Weymouth New Testament
About this time John the Baptist made his appearance, preaching in the Desert of Judaea.

World English Bible
In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And in those days cometh John the Baptist, proclaiming in the wilderness of Judea,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:1-6 After Malachi there was no prophet until John the Baptist came. He appeared first in the wilderness of Judea. This was not an uninhabited desert, but a part of the country not thickly peopled, nor much enclosed. No place is so remote as to shut us out from the visits of Divine grace. The doctrine he preached was repentance; Repent ye. The word here used, implies a total alteration in the mind, a change in the judgment, disposition, and affections, another and a better bias of the soul. Consider your ways, change your minds: you have thought amiss; think again, and think aright. True penitents have other thoughts of God and Christ, sin and holiness, of this world and the other, than they had. The change of the mind produces a change of the way. That is gospel repentance, which flows from a sight of Christ, from a sense of his love, and from hopes of pardon and forgiveness through him. It is a great encouragement to us to repent; repent, for your sins shall be pardoned upon your repentance. Return to God in a way of duty, and he will, through Christ, return unto you in the way of mercy. It is still as necessary to repent and humble ourselves, to prepare the way of the Lord, as it then was. There is a great deal to be done, to make way for Christ into a soul, and nothing is more needful than the discovery of sin, and a conviction that we cannot be saved by our own righteousness. The way of sin and Satan is a crooked way; but to prepare a way for Christ, the paths must be made straight, Heb 12:13. Those whose business it is to call others to mourn for sin, and to mortify it, ought themselves to live a serious life, a life of self-denial, and contempt of the world. By giving others this example, John made way for Christ. Many came to John's baptism, but few kept to the profession they made. There may be many forward hearers, where there are few true believers. Curiosity, and love for novelty and variety, may bring many to attend on good preaching, and to be affected for a while, who never are subject to the power of it. Those who received John's doctrine, testified their repentance by confessing their sins. Those only are ready to receive Jesus Christ as their righteousness, who are brought with sorrow and shame to own their guilt. The benefits of the kingdom of heaven, now at hand, were thereupon sealed to them by baptism. John washed them with water, in token that God would cleanse them from all their iniquities, thereby intimating, that by nature and practice all were polluted, and could not be admitted among the people of God, unless washed from their sins in the fountain Christ was to open, Zec 13:1.
Study Bible
The Mission of John the Baptist
1In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”…
Cross References
Joshua 15:61
In the wilderness: Beth-arabah, Middin and Secacah,

Judges 1:16
The descendants of the Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, went up from the city of palms with the sons of Judah, to the wilderness of Judah which is in the south of Arad; and they went and lived with the people.

1 Kings 2:34
Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up and fell upon him and put him to death, and he was buried at his own house in the wilderness.

Matthew 11:7
As John's disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the wind?

Matthew 11:11
Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Matthew 16:14
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

Mark 1:2
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "Behold, I will send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way."

Mark 1:3
"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.

John 1:6
There came a man who was sent from God. His name was John.
Treasury of Scripture

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

those.

Luke 3:1,2 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius …

John.

Matthew 11:11 Truly I say to you, Among them that are born of women there has not …

Matthew 14:2-12 And said to his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead…

Matthew 16:14 And they said, Some say that you are John the Baptist: some, Elias; …

Matthew 17:12,13 But I say to you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, …

Matthew 21:25-27,32 The baptism of John, from where was it? from heaven, or of men? And …

Mark 1:4,15 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance …

Mark 6:16-29 But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: …

Luke 1:13-17,76 But the angel said to him, Fear not, Zacharias: for your prayer is …

Luke 3:2-20 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came to …

John 1:6-8,15-36 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John…

John 3:27-36 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given …

Acts 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, to that same day that he was …

Acts 13:24,25 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance …

Acts 19:3,4 And he said to them, To what then were you baptized? And they said, …

preaching.

Isaiah 40:3-6 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way …

Mark 1:7 And preached, saying, There comes one mightier than I after me, the …

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn …

the wilderness.

Matthew 11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning …

Joshua 14:10 And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as he said, these forty …

Joshua 15:61,62 In the wilderness, Betharabah, Middin, and Secacah…

Luke 7:24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak …

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