NASB — Matthew 3 — KJV

The Preaching of John the Baptist

1 Now ain those days bJohn the Baptist *Icame, IIpreaching in the cwilderness of Judea, saying, 2aRepent, for bthe kingdom of heaven Iis at hand.” 3 For this is the aone referred to Iby Isaiah the prophet when he said,
  “bTHE VOICE OF ONE IICRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,
  ‘cMAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD,
  MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!’”
4 Now John himself had Iaa garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was blocusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem awas going out to him, and all Judea and all bthe district around the Jordan; 6 and they were being abaptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

[1] IOr arrived, or appeared IIOr proclaiming as a herald aMt 3:1-12: Mk 1:3-8; Lk 3:2-17; Jn 1:6-8, 19-28 bMt 11:11-14; 16:14 cJsh 15:61; Jg 1:16
[2] ILit has come near aMt 4:17 bDn 2:44; Mt 4:17, 23; 6:10; 10:7; Mk 1:15; Lk 10:9f; 11:20; 21:31
[3] IOr through IIOr shouting aLk 1:17, 76 bIs 40:3 cJn 1:23
[4] ILit his garment a2K 1:8; Zc 13:4; Mt 11:8; Mk 1:6 bLv 11:22
[5] aMk 1:5 bLk 3:3
[6] aMt 3:11, 13-16; Mk 1:5; Jn 1:25, 26; 3:23; Ac 1:5; 2:38-41; 10:37

7 ¶ But when he saw many of the aPharisees and bSadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You cbrood of vipers, who warned you to flee from dthe wrath to come? 8 aTherefore bear fruit bin keeping with repentance; 9 and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘aWe have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 10 The aaxe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore bevery tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

[7] aMt 16:1ff; 23:13, 15 bMt 22:23; Ac 4:1; 5:17; 23:6ff cMt 12:34; 23:33 d1Th 1:10
[8] aLk 3:8; Ep 5:8, 9 bAc 26:20
[9] aLk 3:8; 16:24; Jn 8:33, 39, 53; Ac 13:26; Ro 4:1; 9:7, 8; Ga 3:29
[10] aLk 3:9 bPs 92:12-14; Mt 7:19; Jn 15:2

11 ¶ “As for me, aI baptize you Iwith water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; bHe will baptize you Iwith the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His awinnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will bgather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the cchaff with dunquenchable fire.”

[11] IThe Gr here can be translated in, with or by aMk 1:4, 8; Lk 3:16; Jn 1:26f; Ac 1:5; 8:36, 38; 11:16 bJn 1:33; Ac 2:3, 4; Tit 3:5
[12] aIs 30:24; 41:16; Jr 15:7; 51:2; Lk 3:17 bMt 13:30 cPs 1:4 dIs 66:24; Jr 7:20; Mt 13:41, 42; Mk 9:43, 48

The Baptism of Jesus

13aThen Jesus *arrived bfrom Galilee at the Jordan [coming] to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” 15 But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit [it] at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us ato fulfill all righteousness.” Then he *permitted Him. 16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and Iahe saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove [and] IIlighting on Him, 17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “aThis is IMy beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

[13] aMt 3:13-17: Mk 1:9-11; Lk 3:21, 22; Jn 1:31-34 bMt 2:22
[15] aPs 40:7, 8; Jn 4:34; 8:29
[16] IOr He IILit coming upon Him aMk 1:10; Lk 3:22; Jn 1:32; Ac 7:56
[17] IOr My Son, the Beloved aPs 2:7; Is 42:1; Mt 12:18; 17:5; Mk 9:7; Lk 9:35; Jn 12:28


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John preacheth: his office, life, and baptism.

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

[1] Jsh 14:10; 15:61; Is 40:3; Mt 11:7, 11; 14:2; 16:14; 17:12; 21:25, 32; Mk 1:4, 7, 15; 6:16; Lk 1:13, 17, 76; 3:1, 2; 7:24; Jn 1:6, 15; 3:27; Ac 1:22; 13:24; 19:3.
[2] 1K 8:47; Jb 42:6; Ezk 18:30; 33:11; Dn 2:44; Mt 4:17; 5:3, 10, 19; 6:10, 33; 10:7; 11:11, 20; 12:41; 13:11, 24, 31, 33, 44, 47, 52; 18:1, 23; 20:1; 21:29; 22:2; 23:13; 25:1, 14; Mk 1:4, 15; 6:12; Lk 6:20; 9:2; 10:9; 13:3, 5; 15:7, 10; 16:30; 24:47; Jn 3:3; Ac 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20; 2Co 7:10; Col 1:13; 2Ti 2:25; He 6:1; 2P 3:9; Rv 2:5, 21.
[3] Is 40:3; 57:14; Mal 3:1; Mk 1:3; Lk 1:17, 76; 3:3; Jn 1:23.
[4] Lv 11:22; Dt 32:13; 1S 14:25; 2K 1:8; Zc 13:4; Mal 4:5; Mt 11:8, 18; Mk 1:6; Lk 1:17; Rv 11:3.
[5] Mt 4:25; 11:7; Mk 1:5; Lk 3:7; 16:16; Jn 3:23; 5:35.
[6] Lv 16:21; 26:40; Nu 5:7; Jsh 7:19; Jb 33:27; Ps 32:5; Pv 28:13; Ezk 36:25; Dn 9:4; Mt 3:11, 13; Mk 1:5, 8; Lk 3:16; 15:18; Jn 1:25, 31; 3:23; Ac 1:5; 2:38; 10:36; 11:16; 19:4, 18; 22:16; 1Co 10:2; Col 2:12; Tit 3:5; He 6:2; 9:10; Jm 5:16; 1P 3:21; 1Jn 1:9.

He reprehendeth the Pharisees,

7 ¶ But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9 And think 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. 10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 11 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: 12 Whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

[7] Gn 3:15; Ps 58:3; Is 57:3; 59:5; Jr 6:10; 51:6; Ezk 3:18; 33:3; Mt 5:20; 12:24, 34; 15:12; 16:6, 11; 22:15, 23, 34; 23:13, 33; Mk 7:3; 8:15; 12:13, 18; Lk 3:7; 7:30; 11:39; 16:14; 18:11; Jn 1:24; 7:45; 8:44; 9:40; Ac 4:1; 5:17; 15:5; 20:31; 23:6; 26:5; Ro 1:18; 5:9; 1Th 1:10; 2Th 1:9; He 6:18; 11:7; 1Jn 3:10; Rv 6:16; 12:9.
[8] Is 1:16; Jr 7:3; 26:13; 36:3; Mt 21:28, 32; Lk 3:8, 10; Ac 26:20; Ro 2:4; 2Co 7:10; Ga 5:22; Ep 5:9; Php 1:11; 2P 1:4.
[9] Ezk 33:24; Mt 8:11; Mk 7:21; Lk 3:8; 5:22; 7:39; 12:17; 16:24; 19:40; Jn 8:33, 39, 53; Ac 13:26; 15:14; Ro 4:1, 11, 17; 9:7; 1Co 1:27; Ga 3:27; 4:22; Ep 2:12.
[10] Ps 1:3; 80:15; 92:13; Is 5:2; 27:11; 61:3; Jr 17:8; Ezk 15:2; Mal 3:1; 4:1; Mt 7:19; 21:19; Lk 3:9; 13:6; 23:31; Jn 15:2, 6; He 3:1; 6:8; 10:28; 12:25; 1P 4:17.
[11] Is 4:4; 44:3; 59:20; Zc 13:9; Mal 3:2; Mt 3:6; Mk 1:4, 7, 8; Lk 1:17; 3:3, 16; 7:6; Jn 1:15, 26, 30, 33, 34; 3:23; Ac 1:5; 2:2; 11:15, 16; 13:24, 25; 19:4; 1Co 12:13; Ga 3:27; Ep 3:8; 1P 5:5.
[12] Jb 21:18; Ps 1:4; 35:5; Is 1:31; 5:24; 17:13; 30:24; 41:16; 66:24; Jr 4:11; 7:20; 15:7; 17:27; 51:2; Ezk 20:47; Ho 13:3; Am 9:9; Mal 3:2; 4:1; Mt 13:30, 41, 43, 49; Mk 9:43; Lk 3:17; Jn 15:2.

and baptizeth Christ in Jordan.

13 ¶ Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer [it to be so] now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

[13] Mt 2:22; Mk 1:9; Lk 3:21.
[14] Lk 1:43; Jn 1:16; 3:3; 13:6; Ac 1:5; Ro 3:23, 25; Ga 3:22, 27; 4:6; Ep 2:3; Rv 7:9.
[15] Ps 40:7; Is 42:21; Lk 1:6; Jn 4:34; 8:29; 13:7, 15; 15:10; Php 2:7; He 7:26; 1P 2:21; 1Jn 2:6.
[16] Is 11:2; 42:1; 59:21; 61:1; Ezk 1:1; Mk 1:10; Lk 3:21, 22; Jn 1:31; 3:34; Ac 7:56; Col 1:18.
[17] Ps 2:7; Is 42:1, 21; Mt 12:18; 17:5; Mk 1:11; 9:7; Lk 3:22; 9:35; Jn 5:37; 12:28; Ep 1:6; Col 1:13; 2P 1:17; Rv 14:2.


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