Mark 1:4

“John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iohn did baptize in the wildernesse, and preach the baptisme of repentance, for the remission of sinnes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

John came, who baptized in the wilderness and preached the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins.
- American Standard Version (1901)

John came, and gave baptism in the waste land, preaching baptism as a sign of forgiveness of sin for those whose hearts were changed.
- Basic English Bible

There came John baptising in the wilderness, and preaching [the] baptism of repentance for remission of sins.
- Darby Bible

John was baptizing in the wilderness, and preaching the baptism of repentance, for the remission of sins.
- Webster's Bible

So John the Baptizer came, and was in the Desert proclaiming a baptism of the penitent for forgiveness of sins.
- Weymouth Bible

John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching the baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins.
- World English Bible

Joon was in desert baptisynge, and prechynge the baptym of penaunce, in to remissioun of synnes.
- Wycliffe Bible

John came baptizing in the wilderness, and proclaiming a baptism of reformation -- to remission of sins,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Mark 1:4


1:4 Preaching the baptism of repentance - That is, preaching repentance, and baptizing as a sign and means of it.


People's Bible Notes for Mark 1:4


Mr 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness. For account of the wilderness and John the Baptist, see PNT "Mt 3:1". And preach the baptism of repentance. He preached, as well as baptized. Only those who repented were fit subjects of baptism. Hence it was called "the baptism of repentance". Repentance signifies not only sorrow for sin, but the resolve to sin no more. For the remission of sins. This indicates the object of repentance and baptism. Those who repented and were baptized were pardoned. Both were needful to remission. Compare Ac 2:38.

Discussion for Mark 1

  • Norm
    Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Verse 8 ! HEAR OH ZION ! YOUR REDEMTION DRAWETH NEIGH UNTO THEE ! PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD OF GLORY AMEN AND AMEN AND AMEN ! SHALOM ! SHALOM ! SHALOM ! ALL GLORY-HONOR-POWER-MIGHT-AND MAJESTY TO OUR GOD ALMIGHTY YAHWEH IN AND THROUGH HIS SON WHO LIVES AND ABIDES FOREVER AT HIS RIGHT HAND IN GLORY EVERLASTING CHRIST YESHUA JESUS THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS THE ALPHA
  • Lashion gagnon
    I think it has open my mind a bit closer to knowing who Jesus really is.
  • Jubilee
    Once we accept Jesus Christ as our the bible states that we are new creatures in Christ Jesus. To show the world that we have had this experience and have become new, Been reborn, we are baptized by being immersed in water as He gave example. This symbolizes that the old man has passed away and behold all things have become new.
  • Pamela carboon
    John came to the Jews to preach the baptism of water for the remission of sins but as John clearly states, Jesus is mightier than He and would come to baptize us with the Holy Spirit. Jesus after he fulfilled the law of baptism in water said repent and believe the gospel, He did not tell us to be baptized in water. water baptism was for the Jews back then.
  • Irene123
    to coupe 1942 ( my birth year) on Mark ch.1 -- Jesus baptism was for our example, to be baptized and by immersion - not 'pouring' or 'sprinkling', and to prove to those many, many people standing around that Jesus was the messiah, hence too the voice from heaven - which they all heard. No, Jesus had no sin.

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