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Matthew 3:2 DBY

2 and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn nigh.

Study tools for Matthew 3:2

  • a 3:1 - See Josh. 15.61.
  • b 3:3 - Isa. 40.3.
  • c 3:3 - Used as a name for Jehovah. See Note ch. 1.20.
  • d 3:7 - 'Pointed out,' 'shown,' as Acts 20.35.
  • e 3:8 - The word here and elsewhere translated 'repentance' denotes the moral judgment of the soul upon all the past, upon all that it is in the flesh before God. It includes, but goes further than, a change of mind.
  • f 3:10 - I so translate, because 'laid to' implies actual execution: perhaps not meant so by the translators, but merely to be as literal as possible: but 'applied to' ('to,' pros: see ch. 21.1) is more the moral way of acting -- something more than 'set for' ('for,' eis) as in Luke 2.34; Phil.1.16; 1Thess.3.3.
  • g 3:10 - Present tense; it is characteristic: see ch. 1.19.
  • h 3:11 - The luxurious 'shoe' is not meant here.
  • i 3:11 - En, 'in the power of,' be it external or simply the nature and character of, but always including the latter: see Luke 2.27.
  • j 3:14 - Imperfect, 'was so doing:' i.e. the act is presented as being then done, not historically presented as one past fact.
  • k 3:14 - Aorist tense, 'to be in the state of its having been done:' see ch. 3.8.