Matthew 3:2

“And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And saying, Repent yee: for the kingdome of heauen is at hand.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Saying, Let your hearts be turned from sin; for the kingdom of heaven is near.
- Basic English Bible

and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn nigh.
- Darby Bible

And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- Webster's Bible

Repent, he said, "for the Kingdom of the Heavens is now close at hand."
- Weymouth Bible

Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!
- World English Bible

and seide, Do ye penaunce, for the kyngdom of heuenes shal neiye.
- Wycliffe Bible

and saying, `Reform, for come nigh hath the reign of the heavens,'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 3:2

3:2 The kingdom of heaven, and the kingdom of God, are but two phrases for the same thing. They mean, not barely a future happy state, in heaven, but a state to be enjoyed on earth: the proper disposition for the glory of heaven, rather than the possession of it. Is at hand - As if he had said, God is about to erect that kingdom, spoken of by Daniel #Dan 2:44; 7:13,14|; the kingdom of the God of heaven. It properly signifies here, the Gospel dispensation, in which subjects were to be gathered to God by his Son, and a society to be formed, which was to subsist first on earth, and afterward with God in glory. In some places of Scripture, the phrase more particularly denotes the state of it on earth: in ,others, it signifies only the state of glory: but it generally includes both. The Jews understood it of a temporal kingdom, the seat of which they supposed would be Jerusalem; and the expected sovereign of this kingdom they learned from Daniel to call the Son of man. Both John the Baptist and Christ took up that phrase, the kingdom of heaven, as they found it, and gradually taught the Jews (though greatly unwilling to learn) to understand it right. The very demand of repentance, as previous to it, showed it was a spiritual kingdom, and that no wicked man, how politic, brave, or learned soever, could possibly be a subject of it.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:2

Mt 3:2 Repent ye. The great rite of John was baptism, but the great duty commanded was repentance. Repentance is more than a sorrow for sin; it is a determination to abandon it and live a new life. It means a change of the will, or heart, new purposes, a determination to leave off sinning. Sorrow is not repentance, but "godly sorrow worketh repentance" (2Co 7:10). The kingdom of heaven. The long expected kingdom ruled by the Messiah King, predicted by the prophets, and especially by Daniel (Da 2:44). The announcement of this anxiously-waited-for kingdom thrilled all Judea. Is at hand. It is to be noted: (1) That the kingdom to which he referred was in the future, but near. It did not begin with Abraham, or David, or even with John the Baptist. (2) It is the kingdom of "heaven", not an earthly kingdom, and hence, must have a King sent from heaven. That King was not yet revealed to the public, but we have seen that one was born at Bethlehem who was to be the King. John was not the founder, but the herald of the coming King.

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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