English Standard Version
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,
King James Bible
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,
AND in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea.
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.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
In those days
The phrase is indefinite, but always points back to a preceding date; in this case to the date of the settlement of the family at Nazareth. "In those days," i.e., some time during the nearly thirty years since that settlement.
Hebrew, meaning God has dealt graciously. Compare the German Gotthold.
Rev., cometh. The verb is used in what is called the historical present, giving vividness to the narrative, as Carlyle ("French Revolution"). "But now also the National Deputies from all ends of France are in Paris with their commissions." "In those days appears John the Baptist."
See on 2 Peter 2:5.
Wilderness (τῇ ἐήμω)
Not suggesting absolute barrenness but unappropriated territory affording free range for shepherds and their flocks. Hepworth Dixon ("The Holy Land") says, "Even in the wilderness nature is not so stern as man. Here and there, in clefts and basins, and on the hillsides, grade on grade, you observe a patch of corn, a clump of olives, a single palm."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
In the wilderness, Beth-arabah, Middin, Secacah,
And the descendants of the Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, went up with the people of Judah from the city of palms into the wilderness of Judah, which lies in the Negeb near Arad, and they went and settled with the people.
1 Kings 2:34
Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up and struck him down and put him to death. And he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.
As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,
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