Matthew 4:17

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

From that time Iesus began to preach, and to say, Repent, for the kingdome of heauen is at hand.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

From that time began Jesus to preach, and to say, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- American Standard Version (1901)

From that time Jesus went about preaching and saying, Let your hearts be turned from sin, for the kingdom of heaven is near.
- Basic English Bible

From that time began Jesus to preach and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn nigh.
- Darby Bible

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- Webster's Bible

From that time Jesus began to preach. "Repent," He said, "for the Kingdom of the Heavens is now close at hand."
- Weymouth Bible

From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, "Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."
- World English Bible

Fro that tyme Jhesus bigan to preche, and seie, Do ye penaunce, for the kyngdom of heuenes schal come niy.
- Wycliffe Bible

From that time began Jesus to proclaim and to say, `Reform ye, for come nigh hath the reign of the heavens.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 4:17


4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach - He had preached before, both to Jews and Samaritans, #John 4:41,45|. But from this time begin his solemn stated preaching. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand - Although it is the peculiar business of Christ to establish the kingdom of heaven in the hearts of men, yet it is observable, he begins his preaching in the same words with John the Baptist: because the repentance which John taught still was, and ever will be, the necessary preparation for that inward kingdom. But that phrase is not only used with regard to individuals in whom it is to be established, but also with regard to the Christian Church, the whole body of believers. In the former sense it is opposed to repentance; in the latter the Mosaic dispensation.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 4:17


Mt 4:17 From that time. Probably from the time of the settlement of Jesus in Capernaum. Jesus began to preach. This is the beginning of the Galilean ministry. And to say, Repent, etc. The message that Jesus now preaches is identical with that of John the Baptist. See Mt 3:2. He commands repentance, and declares the kingdom of heaven is at hand, not yet come, but near. All is still preparatory. Jesus had not yet declared himself as the Messiah.

Discussion for Matthew 4

  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 15:19 if you were of the world the world would love his own but because you are not of the world but I have chosen you out of this world therefore the world hateth you --15:20-- remember the word that I said unto you --- the servant is not greater than his LORD --- if they have persecuted ME they will also persecute you if they have kept MY saying they will keep yours also
  • Steve morrow
    PHILIPPIANS 1:29 for unto you it is given in the behalf --- of CHRIST --- not only to believe on HIM but also to suffer for HIS sake MATTHEW 5:12 blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake --- for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
  • A disciple
    Randy; You should first actually read the Scriptures all the way through; and not just once or twice! Jesus said, "WHEN YOU FAST..." (Matthew 5) and again concerning those who are strongly bound by Satan in any kind of torment or affliction: "THIS KIND GOES NOT OUT EXCEPT BY PRAYER AND FASTING." I have to wonder how someone dares approach the Holy Scriptures with the idea of making his own ideas!
  • Randy
    Jesus did the fasting so we dont fast anymore .... I wonder why christians mimic the things Jesus did ... did he not say... i become poor so we become rich ... he become sickness so we become healthy.... jesus have done all those things for us so we dont have to suffer the way he sufferde... all we have to do is rely and put our faith on the finished work of Jesus.... Eph. 2:8-9
  • Olu
    Ben. The same bible says all authority-government are ordain of God. That we ought to honor them because they are set up for His purpose
  • Norita Priester
    I Matthew chapter 4 it does not state how many days Jesus was tempted by the Devil. So He could have been tempted 3 times on the same day. Just because He fasted 40 days and 40 nights does not mean He was tempted for 3 days. So to think that he was is incorrect.

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