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Matthew 3:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Produce therefore fruit worthy of repentance.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Bring forth, therefore, fruit worthy of repentance;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— bear, therefore, fruits worthy of the reformation,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of penance.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Work, therefore, fruits which are suitable to repentance.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Bring forth the fruits therefore, that accord with repentance.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Bring forth 4160
{4160} Prime
Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct).
<5657> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 376
therefore 3767
{3767} Prime
Apparently a primary word; (adverbially) certainly, or (conjugationally) accordingly.
fruits 2590
{2590} Prime
Probably from the base of G0726; fruit (as plucked), literally or figuratively.
meet 514
{0514} Prime
Probably from G0071; deserving, comparable or suitable (as if drawing praise).
for repentance: 3341
{3341} Prime
From G3340; (subjectively) compunction (for guilt, including reformation); by implication reversal (of [another's] decision).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Matthew 3:8

_ _ Bring forth therefore fruits — the true reading clearly is “fruit”;

_ _ meet for repentance — that is, such fruit as befits a true penitent. John now being gifted with a knowledge of the human heart, like a true minister of righteousness and lover of souls here directs them how to evidence and carry out their repentance, supposing it genuine; and in the following verses warns them of their danger in case it were not.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Matthew 3:7-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Matthew 3:8

Repentance is of two sorts; that which is termed legal, and that which is styled evangelical repentance. The former (which is the same that is spoken of here) is a thorough conviction of sin. The latter is a change of heart (and consequently of life) from all sin to all holiness.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Matthew 3:8

(3) Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

(3) True repentance is an inward thing which has its seat in the mind and heart.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Matthew 21:28-30 But what think ye? A [certain] man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. ... And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I [go], sir: and went not.
Matthew 21:32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen [it], repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
Isaiah 1:16-17 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; ... Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to [our] father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Luke 3:10-14 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? ... And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse [any] falsely; and be content with your wages.
Acts 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and [then] to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
Romans 2:4-7 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? ... To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
2 Corinthians 7:10-11 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. ... For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, [what] clearing of yourselves, yea, [what] indignation, yea, [what] fear, yea, [what] vehement desire, yea, [what] zeal, yea, [what] revenge! In all [things] ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
2 Peter 1:4-8 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. ... For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, ... Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

etc. or, answerable to amendment of life,
Jeremiah 7:3-7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. ... Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.
Jeremiah 26:13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.
Jeremiah 36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.
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Is 1:16. Jr 7:3; 26:13; 36:3. Mt 21:28, 32. Lk 3:8, 10. Ac 26:20. Ro 2:4. 2Co 7:10. Ga 5:22. Ep 5:9. Php 1:11. 2P 1:4.

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