3:3 He 3 went into all the region around the Jordan River, 4 preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5
24:47 and repentance 6 for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed 7 in his name to all nations, 8 beginning from Jerusalem. 9
3 tn Grk “And he.” Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style. Due to the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.
4 tn “River” is not in the Greek text but is supplied for clarity.
5 sn A baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins was a call for preparation for the arrival of the Lord’s salvation. To participate in this baptism was a recognition of the need for God’s forgiveness with a sense that one needed to live differently as a response to it (Luke 3:10-14).
6 sn This repentance has its roots in declarations of the Old Testament. It is the Hebrew concept of a turning of direction.
7 tn Or “preached,” “announced.”
8 sn To all nations. The same Greek term (τὰ ἔθνη, ta eqnh) may be translated “the Gentiles” or “the nations.” The hope of God in Christ was for all the nations from the beginning.