Matthew 3:8
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New International Version
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

New Living Translation
Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.

English Standard Version
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

Berean Study Bible
Produce fruit worthy of repentance.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance.

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;

King James Bible
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.

Contemporary English Version
Do something to show you have really given up your sins.

Good News Translation
Do those things that will show that you have turned from your sins.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.

International Standard Version
Produce fruit that is consistent with repentance!

NET Bible
Therefore produce fruit that proves your repentance,

New Heart English Bible
Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of repentance,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Produce therefore fruit that is fitting of repentance.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do those things that prove you have turned to God and have changed the way you think and act.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance

King James 2000 Bible
Bring forth therefore fruits befitting for repentance:

American King James Version
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

American Standard Version
Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of penance.

Darby Bible Translation
Produce therefore fruit worthy of repentance.

English Revised Version
Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance:

Webster's Bible Translation
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore let your lives prove your change of heart;

World English Bible
Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of repentance!

Young's Literal Translation
bear, therefore, fruits worthy of the reformation,
Study Bible
The Mission of John the Baptist
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? 8Produce fruit worthy of repentance. 9And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.…
Cross References
Luke 3:8
Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Acts 26:20
First to those in Damascus and Jerusalem, then to everyone in the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I declared that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds worthy of their repentance.

Ephesians 5:8
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light,

Ephesians 5:9
for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.

Treasury of Scripture

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:


Matthew 21:28-30,32 But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the …

Isaiah 1:16,17 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before …

Luke 3:8,10-14 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not …

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

Romans 2:4-7 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

2 Corinthians 7:10,11 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented …

2 Peter 1:4-8 Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that …


Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus …

meet, etc. or, answerable to amendment of life.

Jeremiah 7:3-7 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and …

Jeremiah 26:13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice …

Jeremiah 36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I …

(8) Fruits (better, fruit) meet for repentance.--The English version is ambiguous and not happy, suggesting the thought of the "fruit" as preparing the way for repentance. The thought is, however, "by coming to the baptism you profess repentance; bring forth, therefore, fruit worthy of repentance--i.e., of a changed heart and will."

Verse 8. - Bring forth therefore (vide supra) fruits; fruit (Revised Version). The plural is due to a false reading taken from the parallel passage of Luke - it regards the various graces of a good life as so many different fruits (Matthew 21:43); the singular, as one product from one source (Galatians 5:22). The term used here (ποιεῖν καρπόν), and frequently, lays more stress on the effort involved than διδόναι καρπόν, simple "yielding" (Matthew 8:8), or φέρειν, "bearing" in the course of nature (Matthew 7:18; Mark 4:8; John 15:4, 5, 8, 16). The preacher requires a repentance which produces results. Meet for (cf. Acts 26:20). Though strictly meaning "suitable to" ("answering to," Authorized Version margin; cf. Tyndale, 'be-longyng to"), the phrase might to-day be understood as "suitable to produce." John really means that true repentance has fruit which belongs to its proper nature, and which is alone "worthy of" it (Revised Version). Repentance (τῆς μετανοίας). The article is either generic (Authorized Version and Revised Version; cf. Acts 11:18 and probably Acts 26:20); or equivalent to "your" (Revised Version margin). If the latter, the following sentence shows that it is still said in good faith. (For repentance, cf. ver. 1, note.) Bring forth therefore fruits,.... That is, if you are truly penitent, if you have a proper sense of sin, and true repentance for it, do such works as are suitable to it, and will show the genuineness of it; for

fruits meet for repentance are the same as "works meet for repentance", Acts 26:20 and as a tree is known by its fruit, so repentance is known by good works; these are the fruits and effects of repentance, and which are proofs with men of the sincerity of it. Those which follow upon evangelical repentance are such as are mentioned in 2 Corinthians 7:11. Now let it be observed, that John insisted upon repentance, and a good conversation, attesting the truth of it as necessary prerequisites to the ordinance of baptism; and so Peter first urged repentance; and then proposed baptism, Acts 2:38 from whence one should think it may be rationally and strongly concluded, that none but truly repenting sinners, and such who have given proofs that they are so, are to be admitted to this ordinance. 8. Bring forth therefore fruits—the true reading clearly is "fruit";

meet for repentance—that is, such fruit as befits a true penitent. John now being gifted with a knowledge of the human heart, like a true minister of righteousness and lover of souls here directs them how to evidence and carry out their repentance, supposing it genuine; and in the following verses warns them of their danger in case it were not.3:7-12 To make application to the souls of the hearers, is the life of preaching; so it was of John's preaching. The Pharisees laid their chief stress on outward observances, neglecting the weightier matters of the moral law, and the spiritual meaning of their legal ceremonies. Others of them were detestable hypocrites, making their pretences to holiness a cloak for iniquity. The Sadducees ran into the opposite extreme, denying the existence of spirits, and a future state. They were the scornful infidels of that time and country. There is a wrath to come. It is the great concern of every one to flee from that wrath. God, who delights not in our ruin, has warned us; he warns by the written word, by ministers, by conscience. And those are not worthy of the name of penitents, or their privileges, who say they are sorry for their sins, yet persist in them. It becomes penitents to be humble and low in their own eyes, to be thankful for the least mercy, patient under the greatest affliction, to be watchful against all appearances of sin, to abound in every duty, and to be charitable in judging others. Here is a word of caution, not to trust in outward privileges. There is a great deal which carnal hearts are apt to say within themselves, to put aside the convincing, commanding power of the word of God. Multitudes, by resting in the honours and mere advantages of their being members of an outward church, come short of heaven. Here is a word of terror to the careless and secure. Our corrupt hearts cannot be made to produce good fruit, unless the regenerating Spirit of Christ graft the good word of God upon them. And every tree, however high in gifts and honours, however green in outward professions and performances, if it bring not forth good fruit, the fruits meet for repentance, is hewn down and cast into the fire of God's wrath, the fittest place for barren trees: what else are they good for? If not fit for fruit, they are fit for fuel. John shows the design and intention of Christ's appearing, which they were now speedily to expect. No outward forms can make us clean. No ordinances, by whomsoever administered, or after whatever mode, can supply the want of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and of fire. The purifying and cleansing power of the Holy Spirit alone can produce that purity of heart, and those holy affections, which accompany salvation. It is Christ who baptizes with the Holy Ghost. This he did in the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit sent upon the apostles, Ac 2:4. This he does in the graces and comforts of the Spirit, given to those that ask him, Lu 11:13; Joh 7:38,39; see Ac 11:16. Observe here, the outward church is Christ's floor, Isa 21:10. True believers are as wheat, substantial, useful, and valuable; hypocrites are as chaff, light and empty, useless and worthless, carried about with every wind; these are mixed, good and bad, in the same outward communion. There is a day coming when the wheat and chaff shall be separated. The last judgment will be the distinguishing day, when saints and sinners shall be parted for ever. In heaven the saints are brought together, and no longer scattered; they are safe, and no longer exposed; separated from corrupt neighbours without, and corrupt affections within, and there is no chaff among them. Hell is the unquenchable fire, which will certainly be the portion and punishment of hypocrites and unbelievers. Here life and death, good and evil, are set before us: according as we now are in the field, we shall be then in the floor.
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