Matthew 3:3

“For this is he that was spoken of by the Prophet Esaias, saying, The voyce of one crying in the wildernes, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

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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.
- King James Version

For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, "THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For this is he that was spoken of through Isaiah the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For this is he of whom Isaiah the prophet said, The voice of one crying in the waste land, Make ready the way of the Lord, make his roads straight.
- Basic English Bible

For this is he who has been spoken of through Esaias the prophet, saying, Voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: prepare ye the way of [the] Lord, make straight his paths.
- Darby Bible

For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
- Webster's Bible

He it is who was spoken of through the Prophet Isaiah when he said, "The voice of one crying aloud, `In the desert prepare ye a road for the Lord: make His highway straight.'"
- Weymouth Bible

For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight."
- World English Bible

For this is he, of whom it is seid bi Ysaie, the prophete, seyinge, A vois of a crier in desert, Make ye redi the weies of the Lord; make ye riyt the pathis of hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

for this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, `A voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, straight make ye His paths.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 3:3


3:3 The way of the Lord - Of Christ. Make his paths straight - By removing every thing which might prove a hinderance to his gracious appearance. #Isaiah 40:3|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:3


Mt 3:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness. John was called a "voice", (1) because the whole man was a sermon; (2) because he would call not attention to himself as a person, but only to the Savior, whose way he had come to prepare. For the prophecy see Isa 40:3. Prepare ye the way of the Lord. The messengers sent before the eastern kings prepared the way for the chariots and armies of their monarchs. A "king's highway" had to be carried through the open land of the wilderness, valleys filled up, and hills leveled. Interpreted in its spiritual application, the wilderness was the world lying in evil. Make his paths straight. Roads that have not been properly directed at the beginning. So are the ways of men when no preparation has been made for the GREAT KING. When John cried, "Make his paths straight", he meant, "Stop your crooked ways".

Discussion for Matthew 3

  • Quaye stephen
    I luv Matthew scripture
  • Paul
    That verse may have just become my favorite too!
  • Ajewole
    Jesus is our master in humility.If Jesus baptized John that day,it would cause division in the church.John baptized Jesus to fulfill all righteousness and to perfect our humility towards brethren.
  • Tracy etienne
    Thank you for sharing the word
  • Chuck
    jesus left the glories of heaven for 33yrs to be the sinless sacrifice for lost
    humanity yet people today still try to establish there own rightteusness
    by every false reason to get to heaven yet end up in hell with a false
    and fatal view how am i right before a holy GOD.
  • Praise
    In answering mr kana s question I think most religions in the world can never be fully understood. That is why in most catholic prayers and indeed apostle Paul used the word Mystery of the gospel. If u will follow Christ don t seek to unerdstand it the bible say just believe,it say
    have faith.The bible say the secret of the lord is with those who fear him

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