Matthew 3:2
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English Standard Version
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

King James Bible
And saying, Repent ye: 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.

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."

Matthew 3:2 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Repent (μετανοεῖτε)

A word compounded of the preposition μετά, after, with; and the verb νοέω, to perceive, and to think, as the result of perceiving or observing. In this compound the preposition combines the two meanings of time and change, which may be denoted by after and different; so that the whole compound means to think differently after. Μετάνοια (repentance) is therefore, primarily, an after-thought, different from the former thought; then, a change of mind which issues in regret and in change of conduct. These latter ideas, however, have been imported into the word by scriptural usage, and do not lie in it etymologically nor by primary usage. Repentance, then, has been rightly defined as "Such a virtuous alteration of the mind and purpose as begets a like virtuous change in the life and practice." Sorrow is not, as is popularly conceived, the primary nor the prominent notion of the word. Paul distinguishes between sorrow (λύπη) and repentance (μετάνοια), and puts the one as the outcome of the other. "Godly sorrow worketh repentance" (2 Corinthians 7:10).

The kingdom of heaven

Lit., the kingdom of the heavens (ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν). An expression peculiar to Matthew. The more usual one is the kingdom of God. It is a kingdom of heaven because its origin, its end, its king, the character and destiny of its subjects, its laws, institutions, and privileges - all are heavenly. In the teaching of Christ and in the apostolic writings the kingdom of the Messiah is the actual consummation of the prophetic idea of the rule of God, without any national limitation, so that participation therein rests only on faith in Jesus Christ, and on the moral renewal which is conditioned by the same. It is the combination of all rights of Christian citizenship in this world, and eternal blessedness in the next. All its senses are only different sides of the same great idea - the subjection of all things to God in Christ.

Voice

John's personality is thrown into shadow behind Christ. "What would be the duty of a merely human teacher of the highest moral aim, entrusted with a great spiritual mission and lesson for the benefit of mankind? The example of St. John Baptist is an answer to this iniquity. Such a teacher would represent himself as a mere 'voice,' crying aloud in the moral wilderness around him, and anxious, beyond aught else, to shroud his own insignificant person beneath the majesty of his message" (Liddoll, "Our Lord's Divinity").

Matthew 3:2 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Repent.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 11:20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:

Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas...

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 carried captives, and repent...

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 to his ways, said the Lord GOD. Repent...

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked...

Mark 1:4,15 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins...

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 that repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons...

Luke 16:30 And he said, No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will repent.

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins...

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 God, saying...

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent:

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 26:20 But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles...

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection...

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward...

Revelation 2:5,21 Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly...

for.

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 risen a greater than John the Baptist...

Matthew 13:11,24,31,33,44,45,47 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given...

Matthew 13:52 Then said he to them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed to the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder...

Matthew 18:1-4,23 At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven...

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 for his son,

Matthew 23:13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves...

Matthew 25:1,14 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom...

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed...

Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be you poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

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 of God is come near to you...

John 3:3-5 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God...

Colossians 1:13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Cross References
Daniel 2:44
And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever,

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

Matthew 4:23
And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.

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

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

Mark 1:15
and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

Luke 1:16
And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God,

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