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Matthew 3:1–2

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.*

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Matthew 3:1–2 — The New International Version (NIV)

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Matthew 3:1–2 — English Standard Version (ESV)

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 3:1–2 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 3:1–2 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

Matthew 3:1–2 — New Century Version (NCV)

About that time John the Baptist began preaching in the desert area of Judea. John said, “Change your hearts and lives because the kingdom of heaven is near.”

Matthew 3:1–2 — American Standard Version (ASV)

And in those days cometh John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, saying, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 3:1–2 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Now in those days comes John the baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn nigh.

Matthew 3:1–2 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Later, John the Baptizer appeared in the desert of Judea. His message was, “Turn to God and change the way you think and act, because the kingdom of heaven is near.”

Matthew 3:1–2 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!”

Matthew 3:1–2 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Matthew 3:1–2 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the Judean wilderness and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near!”

Matthew 3:1–2 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

In those days John the Baptist came and preached in the Desert of Judea. He said, “Turn away from your sins! The kingdom of heaven is near.”

Matthew 3:1–2 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”


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