Matthew 3:2

“And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And saying, Repent yee: for the kingdome of heauen is at hand.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Saying, Let your hearts be turned from sin; for the kingdom of heaven is near.
- Basic English Bible

and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn nigh.
- Darby Bible

And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- Webster's Bible

Repent, he said, "for the Kingdom of the Heavens is now close at hand."
- Weymouth Bible

Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!
- World English Bible

and seide, Do ye penaunce, for the kyngdom of heuenes shal neiye.
- Wycliffe Bible

and saying, `Reform, for come nigh hath the reign of the heavens,'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 3:2


3:2 The kingdom of heaven, and the kingdom of God, are but two phrases for the same thing. They mean, not barely a future happy state, in heaven, but a state to be enjoyed on earth: the proper disposition for the glory of heaven, rather than the possession of it. Is at hand - As if he had said, God is about to erect that kingdom, spoken of by Daniel #Dan 2:44; 7:13,14|; the kingdom of the God of heaven. It properly signifies here, the Gospel dispensation, in which subjects were to be gathered to God by his Son, and a society to be formed, which was to subsist first on earth, and afterward with God in glory. In some places of Scripture, the phrase more particularly denotes the state of it on earth: in ,others, it signifies only the state of glory: but it generally includes both. The Jews understood it of a temporal kingdom, the seat of which they supposed would be Jerusalem; and the expected sovereign of this kingdom they learned from Daniel to call the Son of man. Both John the Baptist and Christ took up that phrase, the kingdom of heaven, as they found it, and gradually taught the Jews (though greatly unwilling to learn) to understand it right. The very demand of repentance, as previous to it, showed it was a spiritual kingdom, and that no wicked man, how politic, brave, or learned soever, could possibly be a subject of it.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:2


Mt 3:2 Repent ye. The great rite of John was baptism, but the great duty commanded was repentance. Repentance is more than a sorrow for sin; it is a determination to abandon it and live a new life. It means a change of the will, or heart, new purposes, a determination to leave off sinning. Sorrow is not repentance, but "godly sorrow worketh repentance" (2Co 7:10). The kingdom of heaven. The long expected kingdom ruled by the Messiah King, predicted by the prophets, and especially by Daniel (Da 2:44). The announcement of this anxiously-waited-for kingdom thrilled all Judea. Is at hand. It is to be noted: (1) That the kingdom to which he referred was in the future, but near. It did not begin with Abraham, or David, or even with John the Baptist. (2) It is the kingdom of "heaven", not an earthly kingdom, and hence, must have a King sent from heaven. That King was not yet revealed to the public, but we have seen that one was born at Bethlehem who was to be the King. John was not the founder, but the herald of the coming King.

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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