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Matthew 3:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— and they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And were baptized by him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— and were baptised by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— and were being immersed in the Jordan river, by him, openly confessing their sins.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and they were baptized in the Jordan by him, confessing their sins.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And were baptized of him in Iordane, confessing their sinnes.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— and were baptized of him in Jurdan, the river, while they were confessing their sins.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, while they confessed their sins.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
were baptized 907
{0907} Prime
βαπτίζω
baptizo
{bap-tid'-zo}
From a derivative of G0911; to make whelmed (that is, fully wet); used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism.
z5712
<5712> Grammar
Tense - Imperfect (See G5775)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 83
of 5259
{5259} Prime
ὑπό
hupo
{hoop-o'}
A primary preposition; under, that is, (with the genitive) of place (beneath), or with verbs (the agency or means, through); (with the accusative) of place (whither [underneath] or where [below]) or time (when [at]).
him 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
Jordan, 2446
{2446} Prime
Ἰορδάνης
Iordanes
{ee-or-dan'-ace}
Of Hebrew origin [H3383]; the Jordanes (that is, Jarden), a river of Palestine.
confessing 1843
{1843} Prime
ἐξομολογέω
exomologeo
{ex-om-ol-og-eh'-o}
From G1537 and G3670; to acknowledge or (by implication of assent) agree fully.
z5734
<5734> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle (See G5785)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 111
their y846
[0846] Standard
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
x848
(0848) Complement
αὑτοῦ
hautou
{how-too'}
Contraction for G1438; self (in some oblique case or reflexive relation).
sins. 266
{0266} Prime
ἁμαρτία
hamartia
{ham-ar-tee'-ah}
From G0264; sin (properly abstract).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Matthew 3:6

_ _ And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins — probably confessing aloud. This baptism was at once a public seal of their felt need of deliverance from sin, of their expectation of the coming Deliverer, and of their readiness to welcome Him when He appeared. The baptism itself startled, and was intended to startle, them. They were familiar enough with the baptism of proselytes from heathenism; but this baptism of Jews themselves was quite new and strange to them.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Matthew 3:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Matthew 3:6

Confessing their sins — Of their own accord; freely and openly. Such prodigious numbers could hardly be baptized by immerging their whole bodies under water: nor can we think they were provided with change of raiment for it, which was scarcely practicable for such vast multitudes. And yet they could not be immerged naked with modesty, nor in their wearing apparel with safety. It seems, therefore, that they stood in ranks on the edge of the river, and that John, passing along before them, cast water on their heads or faces, by which means he might baptize many thousands in a day. And this way most naturally signified Christ's baptizing them with the Holy Ghost and with fire, which John spoke of, as prefigured by his baptizing with water, and which was eminently fulfilled, when the Holy Ghost sat upon the disciples in the appearance of tongues, or flames of fire.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Matthew 3:6

And were baptized of him in Jordan, (h) confessing their sins.

(h) Acknowledging that they were saved only by free remission and forgiveness of their sins.

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were:

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire:
Matthew 3:13-16 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. ... And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Ezekiel 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Mark 1:8-9 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. ... And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto [them] all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
John 1:25-28 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? ... These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John 1:31-33 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. ... And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
John 3:23-25 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. ... Then there arose a question between [some] of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Acts 2:38-41 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. ... Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.
Acts 10:36-38 The word which [God] sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) ... How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Acts 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:4-5 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. ... When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 19:18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
1 Corinthians 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Titus 3:5-6 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; ... Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Hebrews 9:10 [Which stood] only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed [on them] until the time of reformation.
*Gr:
1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

confessing:

Leviticus 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send [him] away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:
Leviticus 26:40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;
Numbers 5:7 Then they shall confess their sin which they have done: and he shall recompense his trespass with the principal thereof, and add unto it the fifth [part] thereof, and give [it] unto [him] against whom he hath trespassed.
Joshua 7:19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide [it] not from me.
Job 33:27-28 He looketh upon men, and [if any] say, I have sinned, and perverted [that which was] right, and it profited me not; ... He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
Psalms 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy.
Daniel 9:4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
Mark 1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
Luke 15:18-21 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, ... And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
James 5:16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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Lv 16:21; 26:40. Nu 5:7. Jsh 7:19. Jb 33:27. Ps 32:5. Pv 28:13. Ezk 36:25. Dn 9:4. Mt 3:11, 13. Mk 1:5, 8. Lk 3:16; 15:18. Jn 1:25, 31; 3:23. Ac 1:5; 2:38; 10:36; 11:16; 19:4, 18; 22:16. 1Co 10:2. Col 2:12. Tit 3:5. He 6:2; 9:10. Jm 5:16. 1P 3:21. 1Jn 1:9.

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