Matthew 3:8
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, then, in keeping with repentance.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance.

King James Bible
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

New King James Version
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,

New American Standard Bible
Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance;

NASB 1995
“Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;

NASB 1977
“Therefore bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance;

Amplified Bible
So produce fruit that is consistent with repentance [demonstrating new behavior that proves a change of heart, and a conscious decision to turn away from sin];

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.

American Standard Version
Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance:

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

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

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

English Revised Version
Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance:

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

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

International Standard Version
Produce fruit that is consistent with repentance!

Literal Standard Version
Bear, therefore, fruits worthy of conversion,

NET Bible
Therefore produce fruit that proves your repentance,

New Heart English Bible
Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of 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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
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, then, in keeping with 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
Produce fruit, then, in keeping with 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:

forth.

Matthew 21:28-30,32
But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard…

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

Luke 3:8,10-14
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham…

fruits.

Galatians 5:22,23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, …

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 Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

meet, etc.

Jeremiah 7:3-7
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place…

Jeremiah 26:13
Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.

Jeremiah 36:3
It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.









(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.)

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Produce
ποιήσατε (poiēsate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

fruit
καρπὸν (karpon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2590: Probably from the base of harpazo; fruit, literally or figuratively.

worthy
ἄξιον (axion)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 514: Worthy, worthy of, deserving, comparable, suitable. Probably from ago; deserving, comparable or suitable.

of repentance.
μετανοίας (metanoias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 3341: From metanoeo; compunction; by implication, reversal (another's) decision).


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