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

  • Mary ann grays
    Yes it is so true for the love I have for my god
  • James moore
    Our body needs bread, earthly food. Our spirits need HEAVENLY FOOD, "GOD'ST WORD". HALELUJAH, JESUS IS "THE BREAD OF LIFE".
  • Twyla Vargas
    My thoughts on Mathew 4 is that we must believe in Jesus Christ the son of God. I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and I believe that he healed people then and I also believe that through the Spirit he heals today. We just have to believe in what we cannot see and according to his word expect his healing.
  • Jeffery diviney
    Its a very revealing chapter. Its very interesting how even Satan quoted the word off god.verse 6 corresponds with psalms 91:12..... So let all gods people stay on guard.for evil ones are very clever and cunning. God bless....
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Matthew 26:41 "Watch ye and pray lest ye enter into temptation: For truly the spirit is ready, but the flesh is weak."
  • Dennis
    Christ teaches us that we resist temptation by knowing the Word of God.

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