Mark 1:4

“John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iohn did baptize in the wildernesse, and preach the baptisme of repentance, for the remission of sinnes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

John came, who baptized in the wilderness and preached the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins.
- American Standard Version (1901)

John came, and gave baptism in the waste land, preaching baptism as a sign of forgiveness of sin for those whose hearts were changed.
- Basic English Bible

There came John baptising in the wilderness, and preaching [the] baptism of repentance for remission of sins.
- Darby Bible

John was baptizing in the wilderness, and preaching the baptism of repentance, for the remission of sins.
- Webster's Bible

So John the Baptizer came, and was in the Desert proclaiming a baptism of the penitent for forgiveness of sins.
- Weymouth Bible

John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching the baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins.
- World English Bible

Joon was in desert baptisynge, and prechynge the baptym of penaunce, in to remissioun of synnes.
- Wycliffe Bible

John came baptizing in the wilderness, and proclaiming a baptism of reformation -- to remission of sins,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Mark 1:4


1:4 Preaching the baptism of repentance - That is, preaching repentance, and baptizing as a sign and means of it.


People's Bible Notes for Mark 1:4


Mr 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness. For account of the wilderness and John the Baptist, see PNT "Mt 3:1". And preach the baptism of repentance. He preached, as well as baptized. Only those who repented were fit subjects of baptism. Hence it was called "the baptism of repentance". Repentance signifies not only sorrow for sin, but the resolve to sin no more. For the remission of sins. This indicates the object of repentance and baptism. Those who repented and were baptized were pardoned. Both were needful to remission. Compare Ac 2:38.

Discussion for Mark 1

  • Insight777
    40 days: Genesis 50:2-3 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel. And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days. 40 days of death of Israel. Israel wanted Jesus to be their Messiah if Jesus would follow their rule.
  • Lu2677
    Disciple,I am sorry I have caused such an obvious upset in you. I do not seek wrath.
    My hope has been to enlighten people to the things that are not typically taught. It is a shock to have things brought to the forefront that are usually white washed and discounted at not important, or the things that many say "a loving God would not do that". God is who he says he is, and who can change him.
  • A disciple
    Its NOT the Scriptures! Its the MIS-use of the Scriptures to continually find fault with others, WHO HAVE DONE YOU NO HARM! Typical self-centered, "don't you dare correct ME" response! May I direct your attention to Hebrews 12, which, IF you read it carefully, clearly makes the connection between keeping one's self clean and right with the Lord, and receiving correction..."chastisement" as a son!
  • Lu2677
    "Burr under my saddle" Why does the scripture that I write offend you? Jesus wants people that are not offended in him.
  • A disciple
    Lu2677; Why do got such a burr under your saddle? It seems like you just wanna be peeved at everyone, and beat 'em up over phrases and words? How about "love one another AS I HAVE LOVED YOU?" Is that really how you expect the Lord is thinking about you, and watching over you with a ruler in His hand, ready to smack you as quickly as you might not cross your T exactly right? C'mon, Brother!
  • Lu2677
    Bruce,Mark 1:10-13 After Jesus was baptized by John and the Spirit descended on him, "immediately" the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan for forty days.I don't know of any teaching in the Bible that says when God calls someone they will be in the wilderness for forty days being tempted by Satan.Nor does it say there has to be a "tug on the heart."

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