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

  • 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