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Matthew 3:17

“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And loe, a voice from heauen, saying, This is my beloued Sonne, in whom I am well pleased.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And a voice came out of heaven, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased.
- Basic English Bible

and behold, a voice out of the heavens saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I have found my delight.
- Darby Bible

And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
- Webster's Bible

while a voice came from Heaven, saying, "This is My Son, the dearly loved, in whom is My delight."
- Weymouth Bible

Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
- World English Bible

a vois fro heuenes, seiynge, This is my louyd sone, in which Y haue plesid to me.
- Wycliffe Bible

and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, `This is My Son -- the Beloved, in whom I did delight.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 3:17

3:17 And lo, a voice - We have here a glorious manifestation of the ever - blessed Trinity: the Father speaking from heaven, the Son spoken to, the Holy Ghost descending upon him. In whom I delight - What an encomium is this! How poor to this are all other kinds of praise! To he the pleasure, the delight of God, this is praise indeed: this is true glory: this is the highest, the brightest light, that virtue can appear in.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:17

Mt 3:17 A voice from heaven. Three times God speaks from heaven in connection with the ministry of Christ--at his baptism (Mt 3:17 Mr 1:11 Lu 3:22), his transfiguration (Mt 17:5 Mr 9:7 Lu 9:35), and in the temple just before his suffering (Joh 12:28). This is my beloved Son. The very words addressed to the Messiah in Ps 2:7; and from which the "Son of God" became one of his standing appellations. Thus the baptism of Christ was the occasion of his public recognition. No reader should fail to observe the significance of the "time" chosen by God for the acknowledgment of the Son. It is just after he has humbled himself in an act of obedience, in baptism, that the Holy Spirit anoints him as the Christ, and God formally acknowledges him as his Son. No more forcible expression of the estimate set by God on this institution could be given. This example and the New Testament harmonizes in teaching (1) That we must be baptized if we would follow Christ. (2) That it is when we repent and are baptized that we receive the Holy Spirit (Ac 2:38). (3) That when we have obeyed the Lord he will recognize us as his children.

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.