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

  • Eric
    And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Turn again to the most High, and turn away from iniquity: for he will lead thee out of darkness into the light of health, and hate thou abomination vehemently. For the eyes of the Lord are upon them that love him, he is their mighty protection and strong stay, a defence from heat, and a cover from the sun at noon, a preservation from stumbling, and an help from falling. He raiseth up the soul, and lighteneth the eyes: he giveth health, life, and blessing.
  • Okoh terry
    thank yu very much for yu just made me understand clearly matthew 4 very well thank yu
  • Pat Gibbs
    I'm tying to find out the time frame of the parables, especially from Matthew Chapt. 4, thru Chapt. 18. How much time did Jesus spend in Galilee?
    Can you help. thanks, Pat Gibbs
  • James
    Thank you Jesus for all you have done for us and thank you GOD for having your word put down so that we may have a better understanding of what we need to do
  • 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".

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