Matthew 3:1
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English Standard Version
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

King James Bible
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

American Standard Version
And in those days cometh John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea.

English Revised Version
And in those days cometh John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

Webster's Bible Translation
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

Weymouth New Testament
About this time John the Baptist made his appearance, preaching in the Desert of Judaea.

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Vincent's Word Studies

In those days

The phrase is indefinite, but always points back to a preceding date; in this case to the date of the settlement of the family at Nazareth. "In those days," i.e., some time during the nearly thirty years since that settlement.


Hebrew, meaning God has dealt graciously. Compare the German Gotthold.

Came (παραγίνεται)

Rev., cometh. The verb is used in what is called the historical present, giving vividness to the narrative, as Carlyle ("French Revolution"). "But now also the National Deputies from all ends of France are in Paris with their commissions." "In those days appears John the Baptist."

Preaching (κηρύσσων)

See on 2 Peter 2:5.

Wilderness (τῇ ἐήμω)

Not suggesting absolute barrenness but unappropriated territory affording free range for shepherds and their flocks. Hepworth Dixon ("The Holy Land") says, "Even in the wilderness nature is not so stern as man. Here and there, in clefts and basins, and on the hillsides, grade on grade, you observe a patch of corn, a clump of olives, a single palm."

Matthew 3:1 Parallel Commentaries

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Luke 3:1,2 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee...


Matthew 11:11 Truly I say to you, Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist...

Matthew 14:2-12 And said to his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead...

Matthew 16:14 And they said, Some say that you are John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

Matthew 17:12,13 But I say to you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done to him whatever they listed...

Matthew 21:25-27,32 The baptism of John, from where was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say...

Mark 1:4,15 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins...

Mark 6:16-29 But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead...

Luke 1:13-17,76 But the angel said to him, Fear not, Zacharias: for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth shall bear you a son...

Luke 3:2-20 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness...

John 1:6-8,15-36 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John...

John 3:27-36 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven...

Acts 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, to that same day that he was taken up from us...

Acts 13:24,25 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel...

Acts 19:3,4 And he said to them, To what then were you baptized? And they said, To John's baptism...


Isaiah 40:3-6 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God...

Mark 1:7 And preached, saying, There comes one mightier than I after me, the lace of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children...

the wilderness.

Matthew 11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, What went you out into the wilderness to see?...

Joshua 14:10 And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spoke this word to Moses...

Joshua 15:61,62 In the wilderness, Betharabah, Middin, and Secacah...

Luke 7:24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak to the people concerning John...

Cross References
Joshua 15:61
In the wilderness, Beth-arabah, Middin, Secacah,

Judges 1:16
And the descendants of the Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, went up with the people of Judah from the city of palms into the wilderness of Judah, which lies in the Negeb near Arad, and they went and settled with the people.

1 Kings 2:34
Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up and struck him down and put him to death. And he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.

Matthew 11:7
As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

Matthew 11:11
Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Matthew 16:14
And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

Mark 1:2
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,

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