Matthew 3:13
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

New Living Translation
Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.

English Standard Version
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.

New American Standard Bible
Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him.

King James Bible
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him.

International Standard Version
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

NET Bible
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John to be baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then Yeshua came from Galilee to the Jordan unto Yohannan to be baptized by him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jesus appeared. He came from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Jesus came from Galilee to Jordan unto John to be baptized of him.

King James 2000 Bible
Then came Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized by him.

American King James Version
Then comes Jesus from Galilee to Jordan to John, to be baptized of him.

American Standard Version
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan, unto John, to be baptized by him.

Darby Bible Translation
Then comes Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptised of him;

English Revised Version
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.

Weymouth New Testament
Just at that time Jesus, coming from Galilee to the Jordan, presents Himself to John to be baptized by him.

World English Bible
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.

Young's Literal Translation
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee upon the Jordan, unto John to be baptized by him,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:13-17 Christ's gracious condescensions are so surprising, that even the strongest believers at first can hardly believe them; so deep and mysterious, that even those who know his mind well, are apt to start objections against the will of Christ. And those who have much of the Spirit of God while here, see that they need to apply to Christ for more. Christ does not deny that John had need to be baptized of him, yet declares he will now be baptized of John. Christ is now in a state of humiliation. Our Lord Jesus looked upon it as well becoming him to fulfil all righteousness, to own every Divine institution, and to show his readiness to comply with all God's righteous precepts. In and through Christ, the heavens are opened to the children of men. This descent of the Spirit upon Christ, showed that he was endued with his sacred influences without measure. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. At Christ's baptism there was a manifestation of the three Persons in the sacred Trinity. The Father confirming the Son to be Mediator; the Son solemnly entering upon the work; the Holy Spirit descending on him, to be through his mediation communicated to his people. In Him our spiritual sacrifices are acceptable, for He is the altar that sanctifies every gift, 1Pe 2:5. Out of Christ, God is a consuming fire, but in Christ, a reconciled Father. This is the sum of the gospel, which we must by faith cheerfully embrace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 13-17. - THE BAPTISM OF JESUS. (Parallel passages: Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21, 22.) Verse 13. - Then; temporal (ver. 5, note). When John was preaching and baptizing. Cometh (ver. 1, note). From Galilee. Mark adds, "from Nazareth of Galilee" (for this is his first historical mention of our Lord), thereby implying that our Lord had lived in Nazareth since our Matthew 2:22, etc. In contrast to the representative teachers from Jerusalem, and the crowds both from there and from the Jordan valley (ver. 5), this Stranger came from Galilee. To Jordan. It is hard to see why the Revised Version inserts "the" here and leaves the Authorized Version unaltered in ver. 5. To be baptized (τοῦ βαπτισθῆναι); Matthew 2:13, note. By him; and no other. Not mere baptism, but baptism at the hands of John, was our Lord's motive for coming. He would link his own work on to that of John (vide infra) .

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then cometh Jesus,.... That is, when John had been some time preaching the doctrine of repentance, and administering the ordinance of baptism; for which, time must be allowed, since he went into all the country about Jordan, and preached unto them, and baptized such large numbers: very probably it might be six months from his first entrance on his ministry; since there was this difference in their age, and so might be in their baptism and preaching. Now when John had given notice of the Messiah's coming, and so had prepared his way; had declared the excellency of his person, the nature of his work, and office, and had raised in the people an expectation of him,

then cometh Jesus from Galilee; from Nazareth of Galilee, Mark 1:9 where he had lived for many years, as the Jews (q) themselves own; in great obscurity, in all obedience to God, in subjection to his parents, exercising a conscience void of offence towards God and man, and employing his time in devotion and business: from hence he came to Jordan to John, who was baptizing there; which shows the great humility of Christ, who comes to John, and does not send for him, though John was his servant, and he was his Lord and Master; and also his cheerful and voluntary subjection to the ordinance of baptism, since of himself, of his own accord, he took this long and fatiguing journey; for Nazareth, according to David de Pomis (r), was three days journey from Jerusalem, though somewhat nearer Jordan; the end and design of his coming was

to be baptized of him. It may reasonably be inquired what should be Christ's view in desiring to be baptized; it could not be to take away original or actual sin, since he had neither; nor has baptism any such efficacy to do this, in those who have either or both: but, it was to show his approbation of John's baptism, and to bear a testimony of it, that it was from heaven; and also that he himself might receive a testimony both from heaven, and from John, that he was the Son of God and true Messiah, before he entered upon his public ministry, into which he was in some measure initiated and installed hereby; and moreover, to set an example to his followers, and thereby engage their attention and subjection to this ordinance; and, in a word, as he himself says, to fulfil all righteousness.

(q) Toldos Jesu, p. 6. (r) Tzemach David, fol. 141. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Mt 3:13-17. Baptism of Christ and Descent of the Spirit upon Him Immediately Thereafter. ( = Mr 1:9-11; Lu 3:21, 22; Joh 1:31-34).

Baptism of Christ (Mt 3:13-15).

13. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him—Moses rashly anticipated the divine call to deliver his people, and for this was fain to flee the house of bondage, and wait in obscurity for forty years more (Ex 2:11, &c.). Not so this greater than Moses. All but thirty years had He now spent in privacy at Nazareth, gradually ripening for His public work, and calmly awaiting the time appointed of the Father. Now it had arrived; and this movement from Galilee to Jordan is the step, doubtless, of deepest interest to all heaven since that first one which brought Him into the world. Luke (Lu 3:21) has this important addition—"Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus being baptized," &c.—implying that Jesus waited till all other applicants for baptism that day had been disposed of, ere He stepped forward, that He might not seem to be merely one of the crowd. Thus, as He rode into Jerusalem upon an ass "whereon yet never man sat" (Lu 19:30), and lay in a sepulchre "wherein was never man yet laid" (Joh 19:41), so in His baptism, too. He would be "separate from sinners."

Matthew 3:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Baptism of Jesus
13Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. 14But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?"…
Cross References
Matthew 2:22
But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,

Matthew 3:6
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Matthew 3:14
But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"

Mark 1:9
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

Luke 3:21
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened

Luke 3:22
and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

John 1:31
I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."
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