Matthew 3:6

“And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And were baptized of him in Iordane, confessing their sinnes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they were given baptism by him in the river Jordan, saying openly that they had done wrong.
- Basic English Bible

and were baptised by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
- Darby Bible

And were baptized by him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
- Webster's Bible

and were baptized by him in the Jordan, making full confession of their sins.
- Weymouth Bible

They were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
- World English Bible

and thei weren waischun of hym in Jordan, `and knowlechiden her synnes.
- Wycliffe Bible

and they were baptized in the Jordan by him, confessing their sins.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 3:6


3:6 Confessing their sins - Of their own accord; freely and openly. Such prodigious numbers could hardly be baptized by immerging their whole bodies under water: nor can we think they were provided with change of raiment for it, which was scarcely practicable for such vast multitudes. And yet they could not be immerged naked with modesty, nor in their wearing apparel with safety. It seems, therefore, that they stood in ranks on the edge of the river, and that John, passing along before them, cast water on their heads or faces, by which means he might baptize many thousands in a day. And this way most naturally signified Christ's baptizing them with the Holy Ghost and with fire, which John spoke of, as prefigured by his baptizing with water, and which was eminently fulfilled, when the Holy Ghost sat upon the disciples in the appearance of tongues, or flames of fire.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:6


Mt 3:6 And were baptized of him in the Jordan. Note that the baptism took place not at, but in, in the Jordan. The Jordan, the principal stream of Palestine, rises in the mountains of Lebanon, runs south into the sea of Galilee, leaves it and descends southward along Galilee, Samaria and Judea, to the Dead Sea. In many places the streams is fordable, and furnishes good facilities for baptizing. Confessing their sins. Baptism itself, a burial in water, a "baptism into death", a symbol of the burial of one who dies to the old life, is a confession of sins. There was, perhaps, also a verbal confession. The acknowledgment of sin, repentance and baptism are prescribed as conditions of pardon.

Discussion for Matthew 3:6

  • In the comment above it says The acknowledgment of sin, repentance and baptism are prescribed as conditions of pardon. I do not see where we have to be baptised in water to be saved. Baptised into the holy spirit I see but not water. Is there something I am missing?

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