New American Standard Bible
"Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;
King James Bible
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
Darby Bible Translation
Produce therefore fruit worthy of repentance.
World English Bible
Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of repentance!
Young's Literal Translation
bear, therefore, fruits worthy of the reformation,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Bring forth therefore fruits ... - That is, the proper fruits of reformation; the proper evidence that you are sincere. Do not bring your cunning and dissimulation to this work; do not carry your hypocrisy into your professed repentance, but evince your sincerity by forsaking sin, and thus give evidence that this coming to Jordan to be baptized is not an act of dissimulation. No discourse could have been more appropriate or more cutting.
Fruits - Conduct. See Matthew 7:16-19.
Meet for repentance - Fit for repentance; appropriate to it the proper expression of repentance.
LibraryThe Dove of God
'He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him.' MATT. iii. 16. This Gospel of Matthew is emphatically the gospel of the Kingdom. It sets forth Jesus as the long-promised Messiah, the Son of David. And this conception of Him and of His work, whilst it runs through the whole of the Gospel, is more obviously influential in shaping the selection of incidents and colouring the cast of the language, in the early portion. Hence the genealogy with which the Gospel begins dwells …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
My Beloved is White and Ruddy, the Chiefest among Ten Thousand.
"Because I have Lived So Many Years"
"Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father,' for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.
but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.
for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light
(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
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