Matthew 3:5

5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.

Read Matthew 3:5 Using Other Translations

Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him,
People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John.

What does Matthew 3:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 3:5

Then went out to him Jerusalem
The uncommon appearance of this person, the oddness of his dress, the austerity of his life, together with the awfulness and importance of his doctrine, and the novelty of the ordinance of baptism he administered, and the Jews having had no prophet for some hundreds of years, and imagining he might be the Messiah, quickly drew large numbers of people to him. Some copies read "all Jerusalem": that is, the inhabitants of that city, a very large number of them; and "all Judea", a great number of people from all parts of that country. "All" is here put for "many". And

all the region round about Jordan;
multitudes from thence, which seems to be the same country with that which is called "beyond Jordan", ( Matthew 4:25 ) and is distinguished from Judea as here. The Septuagint in ( 2 Chronicles 4:17 ) use the same phrase the Evangelist does here, and likewise in ( Genesis 13:10 Genesis 13:11 ) .

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