Matthew 3:2

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 3:2

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 for Matthew 3:2

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 3:2

  • Stanjett - in Reply on Matthew 3:2
    And you and I or anyone else will reach perfection except Jesus. Jesus was and is the only one that did not sin in anyway.
  • Stanjett - in Reply on Matthew 3:2
    Repenting from your sins and accepting Jesus as your savour is the first step step. Living for Him from now on is your duty to Him. It don't mean we will not mess up now and then. When you do, confess that sin and try, try again.
  • Bendito Palavra - in Reply on Matthew 3:2
    Repentance is essentially about changing our way of thinking and agreeing with God in regard to our sin and our need of Jesus Christ. It is the LORD's work to perfect us as we persist in walking daily with him:

    Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)

    Salvation is a free gift from God through Jesus Christ whose perfect righteousness is credited to us when we trust him as our Savior. Salvation was purchased by Jesus' blood shed on the cross, and made certain by his resurrection from the dead.

    Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. (Romans 5:18)

    But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:8-13)

    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

    Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, (2 Timothy 1:9)
  • Fred Scanlan - in Reply on Matthew 3:2
    Baptism doth now save us. I like to believe that in baptism our body is literally buried in death with Jesus Christ. Likewise, when we rise out of the water that we are raised a new creature ,raised in the life of Christ. putting on Christ. The sacrament also being the literal body and blood of Jesus. That we remember what he has done, and pray his body and blood will sanctify and cleanse us from all unrighteous. Doing this as often as we need to. Especially, in times of temptation and when men will fall away from the faith.
  • Ss - in Reply on Matthew 3:2
    Mark 5:34

    "And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."

    Luke 17:19

    "And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

    For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation

    James 1:8

    "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."

    Hebrews 10:38

    King James Version

    38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
  • Sonnyt - in Reply on Matthew 3:2
    Is repentance part of the intial part of Salvation? Is so, what scriptures express this?
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Matthew 3:2
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Matthew 3:2
    Here is a link for you with "repent" everywhere in the NT. Repenting from sins is not the actual "free gift" of Salvation that God gave us through Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life for us. No person is perfect. Though repenting and turning from the sins of this world is what God wants us to do, live Holy lives, and will show you are truly trying to follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ. Producing good fruit of the Spirit and living for the Will of our Father.

    God Bless.
  • Charles R Peek - in Reply on Matthew 3:2
    Titus 3:5 "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"
  • Charles R Peek - in Reply on Matthew 3:2
    Repent mean to change your mind, and you must change your mind to believe the Gospel to be saved. Quitting sins is not part of Salvation.


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