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

New Living Translation
And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.

English Standard Version
and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

Berean Study Bible
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Berean Literal Bible
and confessing their sins, were being baptized by him in the Jordan River.

New American Standard Bible
and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

King James Bible
And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

Christian Standard Bible
and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.

Contemporary English Version
They told how sorry they were for their sins, and he baptized them in the river.

Good News Translation
They confessed their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.

International Standard Version
being baptized by him in the Jordan River while they confessed their sins.

NET Bible
and he was baptizing them in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.

New Heart English Bible
and they were baptized by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River while confessing their sins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.

New American Standard 1977
and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and were baptized of him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

King James 2000 Bible
And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

American King James Version
And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

American Standard Version
and they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

Darby Bible Translation
and were baptised by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

English Revised Version
and they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

Webster's Bible Translation
And were baptized by him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

Weymouth New Testament
and were baptized by him in the Jordan, making full confession of their sins.

World English Bible
They were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

Young's Literal Translation
and they were baptized in the Jordan by him, confessing their sins.
Study Bible
The Mission of John the Baptist
5People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region around the Jordan. 6Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 7But when John saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his place of baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?…
Cross References
Ezra 10:1
While Ezra prayed and confessed, weeping and falling facedown before the house of God, a very large assembly of Israelites--men, women, and children--gathered around him, and the people wept bitterly as well.

Matthew 3:11
I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Matthew 3:13
At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

Mark 1:5
People went out to him from all of Jerusalem and the countryside of Judea. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

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

John 1:25
asked him, "Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"

John 1:26
"I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands One you do not know.

John 3:23
Now John was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because the water was plentiful there, and people kept coming to be baptized.

Acts 1:5
For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

Acts 2:38
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 10:37
You yourselves know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee with the baptism that John proclaimed:

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail.

Treasury of Scripture

And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

were.

Matthew 3:11,13-16
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: …

Ezekiel 36:25
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

Mark 1:8,9
I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost…

confessing.

Leviticus 16:21
And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:

Leviticus 26:40
If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;

Numbers 5:7
Then they shall confess their sin which they have done: and he shall recompense his trespass with the principal thereof, and add unto it the fifth part thereof, and give it unto him against whom he hath trespassed.







Lexicon
Confessing
ἐξομολογούμενοι (exomologoumenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1843: From ek and homologeo; to acknowledge or agree fully.

their
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

sins,
ἁμαρτίας (hamartias)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 266: From hamartano; a sin.

they were baptized
ἐβαπτίζοντο (ebaptizonto)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 907: Lit: I dip, submerge, but specifically of ceremonial dipping; I baptize.

by
ὑπ’ (hyp’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 5259: A primary preposition; under, i.e. of place, or with verbs; of place (underneath) or where (below) or time (when).

him
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine 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.

Jordan
Ἰορδάνῃ (Iordanē)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2446: Of Hebrew origin; the Jordanes, a river of Palestine.

River.
ποταμῷ (potamō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4215: A river, torrent, stream. Probably from a derivative of the alternate of pino; a current, brook or freshet, i.e. Running water.
(6) Were baptized.--The Greek tense implies continual succession. Crowd after crowd passed on, and still they came confessing their sins--i.e., as the position of the word implies, in the closest possible connection with the act of immersion. The Greek word (sometimes used for "confessing" in the sense of "praising," as in Luke 12:8), always implies public utterance, and included, as the plural of the noun seems to show, a specific mention of, at least, the more grievous individual sins.

Verse 6. - And (they, Revised Version) were baptized. The Revised Version probably desires to call attention to the change in the verb from singular to plural. In Jordan; in the river Jordan (Revised Version, with manuscripts). So also parallel passage in Mark (cf. Introduction, p. 5.). By him; i.e. their baptism was not self-imposed, but an act of submission to his teaching, and of acceptance of his message. The forerunner saw results, not merely in crowds of listeners, but in external actions. By him (contrast John 4:2). Confessing their sins; i.e. in at least some detail; cf. Josephus, 'Ant.,' 8:04. 6, "confessing their sins and their transgressions of the laws of their country ( ἐξομολογουμένων τὰς ἁμαρτίας αὐτῶν καὶ τὰς τῶν πατρίων νομίμων παραβάσεις);" also Acts 19:18, "confessing and declaring their deeds" (cf. James 5:16). 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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