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Mark 1:3-4

Context

1:3 the voice of one shouting in the wilderness,

Prepare the way for the Lord,

make 1  his paths straight.’” 2 

1:4 In the wilderness 3  John the baptizer 4  began preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 

Mark 1:15

Context
1:15 He 6  said, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God 7  is near. Repent and believe the gospel!”

1 sn This call to “make his paths straight” in this context is probably an allusion to preparation through repentance.

2 sn A quotation from Isa 40:3.

3 tn Or “desert.”

4 tn While Matthew and Luke consistently use the noun βαπτίστης (baptisths, “[the] Baptist”) to refer to John, as a kind of a title, Mark prefers the substantival participle ὁ βαπτίζων (Jo baptizwn, “the one who baptizes, the baptizer”) to describe him (only twice does he use the noun [Mark 6:25; 8:28]).

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.

6 tn Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.

7 sn The kingdom of God is a reference to the sovereign activity of God as he rules over his creation and brings his plans to realization.



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