Matthew 3:2
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New International Version
and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

New Living Translation
"Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."

English Standard Version
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Berean Study Bible
and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."

Berean Literal Bible
and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near."

New American Standard Bible
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

King James Bible
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and saying, "Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!"

International Standard Version
"Repent, because the kingdom from heaven is near!"

NET Bible
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."

New Heart English Bible
"Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said, “Return to God, the Kingdom of Heaven has come near.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Turn to God and change the way you think and act, because the kingdom of heaven is near."

New American Standard 1977
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
and saying, Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

King James 2000 Bible
And saying, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

American King James Version
And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

American Standard Version
Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And saying: Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Darby Bible Translation
and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn nigh.

English Revised Version
saying, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Weymouth New Testament
"Repent," he said, "for the Kingdom of the Heavens is now close at hand."

World English Bible
"Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!"

Young's Literal Translation
and saying, 'Reform, for come nigh hath the reign of the heavens,'
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.” 3This 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.’”…
Cross References
Daniel 2:44
"In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.

Matthew 4:17
From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."

Matthew 4:23
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Matthew 6:10
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 10:7
As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.'

Mark 1:15
"The time is fulfilled," He said, "and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe in the gospel!"

Luke 1:16
Many of the sons of Israel he will turn back to the Lord their God.

Luke 10:9
Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.'

Luke 10:11
Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off as a testimony against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.'

Luke 11:20
But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
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And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.


Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the …

Matthew 11:20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works …

Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and …

Matthew 21:29-32 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went…

1 Kings 8:47 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land where they were …

Job 42:6 Why I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Ezekiel 18:30-32 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according …

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in …

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

Mark 6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

Luke 13:3,5 I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish…

Luke 15:7,10 I say to you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner …

Luke 16:30 And he said, No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the …

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his …

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you …

Acts 3:19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…

Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified …

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all …

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward …

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

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

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure …

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us …

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; …

Revelation 2:5,21 Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do …


Matthew 5:3,10,19,20 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…

Matthew 6:10,33 Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven…

Matthew 10:7 And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 11:11,12 Truly I say to you, Among them that are born of women there has not …

Matthew 13:11,24,31,33,44,45,47 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

Matthew 13:52 Then said he to them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed …

Matthew 18:1-4,23 At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the …

Matthew 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder…

Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage …

Matthew 23:13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up …

Matthew 25:1,14 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which …

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, …

Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be …

Luke 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

Luke 10:9-11 And heal the sick that are therein, and say to them, The kingdom …

John 3:3-5 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except …

Colossians 1:13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated …

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