Matthew 4:17

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

From that time Iesus began to preach, and to say, Repent, for the kingdome of heauen is at hand.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

From that time began Jesus to preach, and to say, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- American Standard Version (1901)

From that time Jesus went about preaching and saying, Let your hearts be turned from sin, for the kingdom of heaven is near.
- Basic English Bible

From that time began Jesus to preach and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn nigh.
- Darby Bible

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- Webster's Bible

From that time Jesus began to preach. "Repent," He said, "for the Kingdom of the Heavens is now close at hand."
- Weymouth Bible

From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, "Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."
- World English Bible

Fro that tyme Jhesus bigan to preche, and seie, Do ye penaunce, for the kyngdom of heuenes schal come niy.
- Wycliffe Bible

From that time began Jesus to proclaim and to say, `Reform ye, for come nigh hath the reign of the heavens.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 4:17

4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach - He had preached before, both to Jews and Samaritans, #John 4:41,45|. But from this time begin his solemn stated preaching. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand - Although it is the peculiar business of Christ to establish the kingdom of heaven in the hearts of men, yet it is observable, he begins his preaching in the same words with John the Baptist: because the repentance which John taught still was, and ever will be, the necessary preparation for that inward kingdom. But that phrase is not only used with regard to individuals in whom it is to be established, but also with regard to the Christian Church, the whole body of believers. In the former sense it is opposed to repentance; in the latter the Mosaic dispensation.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 4:17

Mt 4:17 From that time. Probably from the time of the settlement of Jesus in Capernaum. Jesus began to preach. This is the beginning of the Galilean ministry. And to say, Repent, etc. The message that Jesus now preaches is identical with that of John the Baptist. See Mt 3:2. He commands repentance, and declares the kingdom of heaven is at hand, not yet come, but near. All is still preparatory. Jesus had not yet declared himself as the Messiah.

Discussion for Matthew 4

  • Joyce Ballentine
    Satan was tempting Jesus to jump off the highest point of the temple.Satan tried the suicide tatic with Jesus ,but as we can see Jesus gave him the word of God.I don't know who this is for,but Im here to tell you Jesus has showed us a way of escape through every obstacles that comes our way.Suicide as we can see here is not of God,but of the devil.Don't allow anything that's temproal destroy what plans God has for you.In Proverbs 3:5 it tells us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not to our on understanding.See if Satan can get us focus on the problem instead of us going to the problem solver which is Jesus and then he has you.Satan tried it with Jesus but as we can see it didn't work.Jesus was tempted in every way but yet He was without sin.To whom this is for please Im begging you please give God a chance because He has something just for you.Be Blessed!!
  • George C. Coleman
    On one of the trivia questions the question is how many days was Jesus tempted in the desert?
    I answered 40. The correct answer was Jesus was tempted 3 times, but that was not the question. Jesus was there 40 days fasting and then satin came and tempted Jesus 3 times.
  • Kanakasusheela
    In this chapter Jesus tells us about the importance of God's word.If we read and follow the God's word and understand it deeply ,Then satan can not tempt us easily ,and all the satan efforts of tempting a godly man or a spiritual man are in vain. Because God's power is with that spiritual man. and if we are fasting and praying we re very close to God , and we are blessed with more spiritual power ,and scientifically fasting is good for health.
  • Patience
    they left whatever they where doing and followed him, sometime we went to set time for God when he called us to do his work, God have mercy on us
  • Rev. James
    The temptation of Jesus shows three major areas of life which the devil will tempt us in: 1 Eating too much. If we are eating all the time then we cannot hear from heaven because it dulls our spiritual senses. 2 Satan is always luring us to kill ourselves to commit suicide particularly, around the holidays when we are lonely. Satan tempts us to commit suicide, but pray for strenght and power over the loneliness because the Lord loves you. Satan tempts us to worship him and the kingdoms of this world because he is jealous over God. Read Isaiah 14: 12-15. Also, Read Ezekiel 28: 14:17. It is Satan's desire to be like God and to be worshipped as God. Remain true to the one God our Savior Jesus Christ whom the Father sent to save you, delivered you and sustain you. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Love.
  • Deborah White
    Chapter4:2 sometimes we are weak in the flesh when we are tempted.we must stand fast and immovable pray in season and out of season

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