Matthew 3:3

“For this is he that was spoken of by the Prophet Esaias, saying, The voyce of one crying in the wildernes, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

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For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
- King James Version

For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, "THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For this is he that was spoken of through Isaiah the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For this is he of whom Isaiah the prophet said, The voice of one crying in the waste land, Make ready the way of the Lord, make his roads straight.
- Basic English Bible

For this is he who has been spoken of through Esaias the prophet, saying, Voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: prepare ye the way of [the] Lord, make straight his paths.
- Darby Bible

For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
- Webster's Bible

He it is who was spoken of through the Prophet Isaiah when he said, "The voice of one crying aloud, `In the desert prepare ye a road for the Lord: make His highway straight.'"
- Weymouth Bible

For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight."
- World English Bible

For this is he, of whom it is seid bi Ysaie, the prophete, seyinge, A vois of a crier in desert, Make ye redi the weies of the Lord; make ye riyt the pathis of hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

for this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, `A voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, straight make ye His paths.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 3:3


3:3 The way of the Lord - Of Christ. Make his paths straight - By removing every thing which might prove a hinderance to his gracious appearance. #Isaiah 40:3|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:3


Mt 3:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness. John was called a "voice", (1) because the whole man was a sermon; (2) because he would call not attention to himself as a person, but only to the Savior, whose way he had come to prepare. For the prophecy see Isa 40:3. Prepare ye the way of the Lord. The messengers sent before the eastern kings prepared the way for the chariots and armies of their monarchs. A "king's highway" had to be carried through the open land of the wilderness, valleys filled up, and hills leveled. Interpreted in its spiritual application, the wilderness was the world lying in evil. Make his paths straight. Roads that have not been properly directed at the beginning. So are the ways of men when no preparation has been made for the GREAT KING. When John cried, "Make his paths straight", he meant, "Stop your crooked ways".

Discussion for Matthew 3

  • Mark
    matthew 4 12-17 17 from that time jesus began to preach. the same time that john was cast into prison
  • Carol S. in Walnut Creek, CA
    Stuart, Jesus said those were the two GREATEST commandments on which hung all the law and the prophets. He gave us OTHER commandments in the gospel, including the great commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel, healing and doing deliverance in His name. We are also to forgive as He forgave us if we are to be forgiven, and love one another as He loved us.
  • Stuart Rubin
    The whole New Testament is true and inspired by God. Paris Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Jesus summed up all the commandments saying there are only 2 commandments. Love God with all your heart and soul and love your neighbor as you love God or as you love yourself.
  • A disciple
    "But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:" Rabbinic Judaism of Jesus' day was a man-made system carefully contrived to enslave its adherents to hypocrisy, and completely shut them out from the knowledge of God in Christ.
  • I AM
    I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me does bear witness of me. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood:) And these three agree in one. Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see me have. For I am not alone, but it is I and the Father that sent me.
  • Steve morrow
    2corinthians 1:21 now HE which establisheth us with you in CHRIST and hath anointed us is GOD 1:22 who hath also sealed us and given the earnest of the spirit in our hearts John 6:27 labor not for the meat which perisheth but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life which the son of man shall give unto you for HIM hath GOG the FATHER sealed

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