John 1:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:28, NIV: "This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing."

John 1:28, ESV: "These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing."

John 1:28, KJV: "These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing."

John 1:28, NASB: "These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing people."

John 1:28, NLT: "This encounter took place in Bethany, an area east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing."

John 1:28, CSB: "All this happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing."

What does John 1:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The scene described in John 1:19–28 occurred in Bethany, but not the same Bethany as the home of Lazarus (John 11:1). Some texts translate this name as Bethabara. Either way, the gospel's author, the disciple John, specifies that this location was "beyond the Jordan" to keep the two locations separate. It was probably a small area, not even a village, on or right next to the Jordan River, several miles east of Jerusalem. Ancient historians placed it near the site of Jericho, on the east bank. This was far enough away from Jerusalem to be considered "the wilderness," in accordance with Isaiah 40:3. The Jordan river has always been an important waterway. This is the stream Israel crossed to reach the Promised Land, as well as the place where the pagan general Naaman was healed. However, the Jordan is not as wide, or deep, or impressive as other rivers. Naaman made a point of sneering at the Jordan prior to his personal miracle (2 Kings 5:10–12).