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Matthew 3:8

“Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)

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Other Translations

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

"Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let your change of heart be seen in your works:
- Basic English Bible

Produce therefore fruit worthy of repentance.
- Darby Bible

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

Therefore let your lives prove your change of heart;
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of repentance!
- World English Bible

Therfor do ye worthi fruyte of penaunce,
- Wycliffe Bible

bear, therefore, fruits worthy of the reformation,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 3:8

3:8 Repentance is of two sorts; that which is termed legal, and that which is styled evangelical repentance. The former (which is the same that is spoken of here) is a thorough conviction of sin. The latter is a change of heart (and consequently of life) from all sin to all holiness.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:8

Mt 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance. There is no repentance whatever unless there is a change of life as the result. The change of life is the proof of the change of heart.

Discussion for Matthew 3

  • Kanakasusheela
    Matthew, 3 16,... Jesus is born with holy spirit or the spirit of God , in this verse Jesus is baptized with John , at that time the God's spirit or the holy spirit is descending up on him like a dove.already Jesus is born with God's spirit or holy spirit . Then again the holy spirit has come on Him like a dove up on him . why. I am not criticising the bible . but I WANT TO KNOW THE CLEAR MEANING OF THIS VERSE.
  • Freddy
    let us not have full information about the bible but let us meditate the bible as the mind of Christ ll speak to us and understand the word of God. aussurance of our salvation by faith ....ll let us to enter the kingdom of God....
  • Rev. S. James
    Christ was baptized not because he was born in sin he was baptized for 4 main reasons: First, because it was the right thing to do at that point in time second, it was a sign to his cousin John the Baptist that he was the holy one sent from the Father to save us from sin third, Christ's baptism identified him as part of the Godhead that is why the Father and the Holy Ghost showed up at the baptism and fourth, to show us the true meaning of humility although he was God in the flesh he allowed his cousin John to baptize him. Nothing deep about Christ's baptism.
  • These want to belong to the group of John, just as present day thinking that belonging to a church will save them. Thus, the next verse, John asked them to bring fruits of repentance, which is the fruit of the the sanctifying work of the Spirit, an earnest for those really saved.
  • Stephende
    John and Jesus were cousins. John was an ascetic, withdrawn from the world in order to find God. He was at the height of his fame for all men came to him to learn what he had achieved with God. Jesus also was on a Spiritual quest for he stayed back at the Passover to learn from the Pharisee who studied the Torah daily and disputed with one another over the meaning. Everyone was waiting for the Messiah. Was it Jesus? To this day it is the world's biggest controversy. Christians say he is the Son of God. Muslim's say God has no partners but only worshipper's. Jews are patient and are still waiting. I say "Worship whom Jesus worshipped" He was clean from sin and devoted more than anyone. He was not the only resurrected but was the only one to reappear in the flesh to increase the faith worship whom Jesus worshipped.
  • Bernie Santa for verse 11
    There is a deeper Baptism in the Holy Spirit which purifies us in rebirth, a metanoia in the spirit of God indeed, suffering brings wisdom! we, then, realize experientially that we're essentially spirits, infinte, having a mere, transient human experience. So many, tragically unwittingly, die before giving birth to themselves in the deepest, transcendent sense... Amen.

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