Matthew 3:2
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
He said, "Turn back to God! The kingdom of heaven will soon be here."

Good News Translation
"Turn away from your sins," he said, "because the Kingdom of heaven is near!"

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,'
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 that will never be destroyed, and this kingdom will not be left to another people. It will shatter all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, but will itself stand 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.

Luke 21:31
So also, when you see these things taking place, you will know that the kingdom of God is near.

Treasury of Scripture

And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

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; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

for.

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

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

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







Lexicon
and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

saying,
λέγων (legōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

“Repent,
Μετανοεῖτε (Metanoeite)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3340: From meta and noieo; to think differently or afterwards, i.e. Reconsider.

for
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

kingdom
βασιλεία (basileia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 932: From basileus; properly, royalty, i.e. rule, or a realm.

of
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

heaven
οὐρανῶν (ouranōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3772: Perhaps from the same as oros; the sky; by extension, heaven; by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel.

is near.”
ἤγγικεν (ēngiken)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1448: Trans: I bring near; intrans: I come near, approach. From eggus; to make near, i.e. approach.
(2) Repent.--Etymologically, the word "repent," which has as its root-meaning the sense of pain, is hardly adequate as a rendering for the Greek word, which implies change of mind and purpose. In the Greek version of the Old Testament, the word is used of divine rather than human repentance, i.e., of a change of purpose implying pity and regret (1Samuel 15:29; Jeremiah 4:28; Jeremiah 18:8). In Wisdom Of Solomon 5:3; Ecclesiasticus 17:24; Ecclesiasticus 48:15, it includes the sorrow out of which the change comes.

The kingdom of heaven.--The phrase is used by St. Matthew about thirty times, and by him only among the New Testament writers. In the Greek the form is plural, "the kingdom of the heavens," probably as an equivalent for the Hebrew word, which was dual in its form. The name, as descriptive of the kingdom of the Messiah, had its origin in the vision of Daniel 7:13, where the kingdom of "one like the Son of Man" is contrasted with those of earthly rulers. To Gentile readers--to whom the term would convey the thought of the visible firmament, not of the invisible dwelling-place of God--the term might have been misleading, and therefore in the Gospels intended for them "the kingdom of God" (which occurs sometimes in St. Matthew also, 6:13; 12:28) is used instead of it. It is probable that both terms were used interchangeably by the Baptist and our Lord, and the systematic change is suggestive as showing that the writers of the Gospels did not feel themselves bound to a purely literal report or rendering of their words.

Is at hand.--Better, has come nigh.

Verse 2. - And (omitted by the Revised Version) saying. The parallel passages give the substance of John's preaching - the baptism of repentance. St. Matthew takes, as it seems, a sentence that actually fell from his lips, and presents it as the kernel of his message ("preaching... saying"). This is the more interesting as nowhere else are we told any words uttered by him in this the first stage of his ministry before crowds flocked to hear him. Repent ye... at hand; said word for word by our Lord (Matthew 4:17, note). Repent ye (μετανοεῖτε) . The word expresses the central thought of true repentance, in speaking, as it does, of a change of mind. Contrast μεταμέλεσθαι (Matthew 27:3; 2 Corinthians 7:8-10). As such it goes deeper than the Old Testament summons "Turn ye" (שובו), or the rabbinic תשובה, for it points out in what part of man the alteration must be. (On your meaning more than the mere thinking power, and including also the willing faculty, cf. especially Delitzsch, 'Psych.,' p. 211, etc., Eng. trans., 1875.) It is noticeable that the LXX. never, as it seems, translate שוב by μετανοῖν, but often נחם (of man only in Jeremiah 8:6; Jeremiah 31:19; and possibly Joel 2:14; cf. 1 Samuel 15:29), which refers to repentance as a matter of feeling. As Messiah was coming, it was only natural that John should urge repentance. Similarly, we find late Jewish writers expounding Genesis 1:2, "'And the Spirit of God was moving [on the face of the waters].' This is the Spirit of King Messiah, like that which is said in Isaiah 11:2, 'And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.' By what kind of merit does it draw near and come? It says, 'upon the face of the waters.' By the merit of repentance, which is compared to water, as it is written (Lain. 2:19), 'Pour out thy heart like water'" ('Bresh. R.,' § 2). But, unfortunately, they assign far too legal a meaning to the word, and their phrase, "do repentance" (עשה תשובה), becomes almost identical with the "do penance" (poeni-tentiam agite, Vulgate) of the Roman Catholics (cf. Talm. Dab., 'Sanh.,' 97 b). For the kingdom of heaven (see Introduction, p. 22.). 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.
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