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

  • Judith E Medeiros
    In Matthew 3:11 this describes "Water Baptism in preparation of Repentance of Sins", as John the Baptist made the way straight for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and with fire. Ref: 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Christ Our Savior, Truth, Life
  • Mrs.sammie lee chunn
    I love what I am reading
  • Solomon wambua
    Comment*from the time of john the babtized the babtized to day is by the holy spirit and fire I say to day the church the baptized of the holy spirit thanks
  • REBECCA
    JESUS IS LORD FOREVER HE US RISEN HE US RISEN INDEED
  • Dewey J
    Geraldine, this is a mystery Matt. 1:8 says, Mary was found to be with child of the Holy Ghost therefore I believe that passage is stating that the Holy Ghost was with Jesus was formed by God the Father by the Holy Ghost. Jesus said the works that he did or miracles was not of a human or fleshly orgin but the father in him or the Holy Ghost. I believe this was a renewing of the Holy Ghost Matt3:16
  • John
    very well said God Bless you, we can not serve God in truth and spirit without the holy ghost,

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