Matthew 3 :8

Matthew 3 :8 Translations

American King James Version (AKJV)

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

King James Version (KJV)

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

American Standard Version (ASV)

Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance:

Basic English Translation (BBE)

Let your change of heart be seen in your works:

Webster's Revision

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

World English Bible

Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of repentance!

English Revised Version (ERV)

Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance:

Definitions for Matthew 3 :8

Meet - Agreeable; fit; proper.

Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 3 :8

Barnes' Commentary on Matthew 3 :8

Bring forth therefore fruits ... - That is, the proper fruits of reformation; the proper evidence that you are sincere. Do not bring your cunning and dissimulation to this work; do not carry your hypocrisy into your professed repentance, but evince your sincerity by forsaking sin, and thus give evidence that this coming to Jordan to be baptized is not an act of dissimulation. No discourse could have been more appropriate or more cutting.

Fruits - Conduct. See Matthew 7:16-19.

Meet for repentance - Fit for repentance; appropriate to it the proper expression of repentance.

Wesley's Commentary on Matthew 3 :8

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.
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