Matthew 3:17

“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And loe, a voice from heauen, saying, This is my beloued Sonne, in whom I am well pleased.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And a voice came out of heaven, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased.
- Basic English Bible

and behold, a voice out of the heavens saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I have found my delight.
- Darby Bible

And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
- Webster's Bible

while a voice came from Heaven, saying, "This is My Son, the dearly loved, in whom is My delight."
- Weymouth Bible

Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
- World English Bible

a vois fro heuenes, seiynge, This is my louyd sone, in which Y haue plesid to me.
- Wycliffe Bible

and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, `This is My Son -- the Beloved, in whom I did delight.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 3:17


3:17 And lo, a voice - We have here a glorious manifestation of the ever - blessed Trinity: the Father speaking from heaven, the Son spoken to, the Holy Ghost descending upon him. In whom I delight - What an encomium is this! How poor to this are all other kinds of praise! To he the pleasure, the delight of God, this is praise indeed: this is true glory: this is the highest, the brightest light, that virtue can appear in.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:17


Mt 3:17 A voice from heaven. Three times God speaks from heaven in connection with the ministry of Christ--at his baptism (Mt 3:17 Mr 1:11 Lu 3:22), his transfiguration (Mt 17:5 Mr 9:7 Lu 9:35), and in the temple just before his suffering (Joh 12:28). This is my beloved Son. The very words addressed to the Messiah in Ps 2:7; and from which the "Son of God" became one of his standing appellations. Thus the baptism of Christ was the occasion of his public recognition. No reader should fail to observe the significance of the "time" chosen by God for the acknowledgment of the Son. It is just after he has humbled himself in an act of obedience, in baptism, that the Holy Spirit anoints him as the Christ, and God formally acknowledges him as his Son. No more forcible expression of the estimate set by God on this institution could be given. This example and the New Testament harmonizes in teaching (1) That we must be baptized if we would follow Christ. (2) That it is when we repent and are baptized that we receive the Holy Spirit (Ac 2:38). (3) That when we have obeyed the Lord he will recognize us as his children.

Discussion for Matthew 3

  • Max
    verse 11; if you are baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire it is a privilege an adventure you have been giving dunamis power to fulfill the life of a disciple victoriously. you understand that you are a son. yet our ability to chose is not taken away
  • A disciple
    Anti-NWO; You say it quite accurately! With the advent of Rabbinic Judaism about 150 years (?) before; by the time John the Baptist began preaching and announcing the coming of the Saviour; it was a Country filled with Synagogues, zealots and sects; run by an extremely rich and powerful elite class, who were entrenched in a self-made system completely alienated and hostile to the Spirit of Christ.
  • Anti-NWO
    As usual, the Synagogue of Satan is insane with jealousy and fear that John will destroy their power over the masses. By this time the Tora is a matter of convenience; the Satanic oral Babylonian Talmud is what is being preached in the Synagogues. John is well aware of their Satanic practice that is destroying the people. Clearly, he is helping to start our Saviors ministry and then step aside.
  • BSP
    Verse 4: This shows that John the Baptist lived a simple life. His clothing was simple and so was the food that he ate.
  • 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.