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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Matthew 3:3


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    King James Bible - Matthew 3:3

    For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

    World English Bible

    For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "The
    voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight."

    Douay-Rheims - Matthew 3:3

    For this is he that was spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A
    voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The
    voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

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    VERSE (3) -
    Isa 40:3 Mr 1:3 Lu 3:3-6 Joh 1:23

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 3:3

    Porque ste es aquel del cual fue dicho por el profeta Isaías, que dijo: Voz de uno que clama en el desierto; aparejad el camino del Seor, enderezad sus veredas.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Matthew 3:3

    Verse 3. The
    voice of one crying in the wilderness] Or, A voice of a crier in the wilderness. This is quoted from Isa. xl. 3, which clearly proves that John the Baptist was the person of whom the prophet spoke.

    The idea is taken from the practice of eastern monarchs, who, whenever they entered upon an expedition, or took a journey through a desert country, sent harbingers before them, to prepare all things for their passage; and pioneers to open the passes, to level the ways, and to remove all impediments. The officers appointed to superintend such preparations were called by the Latins, stratores.

    Diodourus's account of the march of Semiramis into Media and Persia, will give us a clear notion of the preparation of the way for a royal expedition.

    "In her march to Ecbatane, she came to the Zarcean mountain, which, extending many furlongs, and being full of craggy precipices and deep hollows, could not be passed without making a great compass about. Being therefore desirous of leaving an everlasting memorial of herself, as well as shortening the way, she ordered the precipices to be digged down, and the hollows to be filled up; and, at a great expense, she made a shorter and more expeditious road, which, to this day, is called from her, The road of Semiramis. Afterwards she went into Persia, and all the other countries of Asia, subject to her dominion; and, wherever she went, she ordered the mountains and precipices to be leveled, raised causeways in the plain country, and, at a great expense, made the ways passable." Diod. Sic. lib.

    ii. and Bp. Lowth.

    The Jewish Church was that desert country, to which John was sent, to announce the coming of the Messiah. It was destitute at that time of all religious cultivation, and of the spirit and practice of piety; and John was sent to prepare the way of the Lord, by preaching the doctrine of repentance. The desert is therefore to be considered as affording a proper emblem of the rude state of the Jewish Church, which is the true wilderness meant by the prophet, and in which John was to prepare the way of the promised Messiah. The awful importance of the matter, and the vehemence of the manner of the Baptist's preaching, probably acquired him the character of the crier, bown.

    For the meaning of the word John, see the note on Mark i. 4.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 3. For this is he that was spoken of , etc.] These are not the words of the Baptist himself, as in ( John 1:23) but of the Evangelist, who cites and applies to John a passage in the Prophet Isaiah, ( Isaiah 40:3) and that very pertinently, since that chapter is a prophecy of the Messiah.

    The consolations spoken of in ( Isaiah 40:3), were to be in the days of the king Messiah, as a writer of note F143 among the Jews observes. The Messiah is more expressly prophesied of in ( Isaiah 40:9-11) as one that should appear to the joy of his people, and come with a strong hand, vigorously prosecute his designs, faithfully perform his work, and then receive his reward; he is spoken of under the character of a shepherd, who would tenderly discharge the several parts of his office as such, which character is frequently given to the Messiah in the Old Testament: now the person spoken of in ( Isaiah 40:3) was to be his harbinger to go before him, proclaim and make ready for his coming; and what is said of him agrees entirely with John the Baptist, as the character given of him, the voice of one crying , Bowntov , lowing like an ox; which expresses the austerity of the man, the roughness of his voice, the severity of his language; that he called aloud and spoke out, openly, publicly, and freely; and that he delivered himself in preaching with a great deal of zeal and fervency. The place where he preached was in the wilderness, that is, of Judea, where he is said before, in ( Matthew 3:1) to come preaching.

    The doctrine he preached was, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight , which is best explained by what is said before, in ( Matthew 3:2) repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand . The Lord whom ye have sought, the Messiah whom you have expected, is just coming, he will quickly appear; prepare to meet him by repentance, and receive him by faith, relinquish your former notions and principles, correct your errors, and amend your lives, remove all out of the way which may be offensive to him. The allusion is to a great personage being about to make his public appearance or entrance; when a harbinger goes before him, orders the way to be cleared, all impediments to be removed, and everything got ready for the reception of him.


    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-6 - After Malachi there was no prophet until John the Baptist came. He appeared first in the wilderness of Judea. This was not an uninhabite desert, but a part of the country not thickly peopled, nor muc enclosed. No place is so remote as to shut us out from the visits of Divine grace. The doctrine he preached was repentance; "Repent ye." The word here used, implies a total alteration in the mind, a change in the judgment, disposition, and affections, another and a better bias of the soul. Consider your ways, change your minds: you have thought amiss think again, and think aright. True penitents have other thoughts of God and Christ, sin and holiness, of this world and the other, tha they had. The change of the mind produces a change of the way. That is gospel repentance, which flows from a sight of Christ, from a sense of his love, and from hopes of pardon and forgiveness through him. It is great encouragement to us to repent; repent, for your sins shall be pardoned upon your repentance. Return to God in a way of duty, and he will, through Christ, return unto you in the way of mercy. It is stil as necessary to repent and humble ourselves, to prepare the way of the Lord, as it then was. There is a great deal to be done, to make way for Christ into a soul, and nothing is more needful than the discovery of sin, and a conviction that we cannot be saved by our own righteousness The way of sin and Satan is a crooked way; but to prepare a way for Christ, the paths must be made straight, Heb 12:13. Those whose business it is to call others to mourn for sin, and to mortify it ought themselves to live a serious life, a life of self-denial, an contempt of the world. By giving others this example, John made way for Christ. Many came to John's baptism, but few kept to the professio they made. There may be many forward hearers, where there are few tru believers. Curiosity, and love for novelty and variety, may bring man to attend on good preaching, and to be affected for a while, who neve are subject to the power of it. Those who received John's doctrine testified their repentance by confessing their sins. Those only ar ready to receive Jesus Christ as their righteousness, who are brough with sorrow and shame to own their guilt. The benefits of the kingdo of heaven, now at hand, were thereupon sealed to them by baptism. Joh washed them with water, in token that God would cleanse them from all their iniquities, thereby intimating, that by nature and practice all were polluted, and could not be admitted among the people of God unless washed from their sins in the fountain Christ was to open, Ze 13:1.


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