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John 1:28

    John 1:28 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    These things took place at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was giving baptism.

    Webster's Revision

    These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

    World English Bible

    These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    These things were done in Bethany beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 1:28

    These things were done in Bethabara - It is very probable that the word Bethany should be inserted here, instead of Bethabara. This reading, in the judgment of the best critics, is the genuine one. The following are the authorities by which it is supported: ABCEGHLMSX, BV, of Matthai, upwards of a hundred others, Syriac, Armenian, Persic, Coptic, Slavonic, Vulgate, Saxon, and all the Itala, with some of the most eminent of the primitive fathers, before the time of Origen, who is supposed to have first changed the reading. Bethabara signifies literally the house of passage, and is thought to be the place where the Israelites passed the river Jordan under Joshua. There was a place called Bethany, about two miles from Jerusalem, at the foot of the mount of Olives. But there was another of the same name, beyond Jordan, in the tribe of Reuben. It was probably of this that the evangelist speaks; and Origen, not knowing of this second Bethany, altered the reading to Bethabara. See Rosenmuller.

    Barnes' Notes on John 1:28

    In Bethabara - Almost all the ancient manuscripts and versions, instead of "Bethabara" here, have "Bethany," and this is doubtless the true reading. There was a Bethany about 2 miles east of Jerusalem, but there is said also to have been another in the tribe of Reuben, on the east side of the river Jordan, and in this place, probably, John was baptizing. It is about 12 miles above Jericho. The word "Bethabara" means "house or place of a ford." The reading "Bethabara," instead of "Bethany," seems to have arisen from the conjecture of Origen, who found in his day no such place as "Bethany," but saw a town called "Bethabara," where John was said to have baptized, and therefore took the liberty of changing the former reading - Robinson, Lexicon.

    Beyond Jordan - On the east side of the Jordan River.

    Wesley's Notes on John 1:28

    1:28 Where John was baptizing - That is, used to baptize.