Luke 3:18

ESV So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people.
NIV And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.
NASB So with many other exhortations he preached the gospel to the people.
CSB Then, along with many other exhortations, he proclaimed good news to the people.
NLT John used many such warnings as he announced the Good News to the people.
KJV And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people.

What does Luke 3:18 mean?

Before John the Baptist was born, an angel predicted he would be a herald of the Messiah (Luke 1:16–17). As soon as he was born, his family began to anticipate the beginning of his ministry (Luke 1:76). John spent most of his life in solitude (Luke 1:80), developing an interesting lifestyle (Matthew 3:4). When he began to preach, his message was a call for repentance from sin (Luke 3:3–6). This corresponded to prophecies about a herald who would precede Messiah (Malachi 3:1; 4:5–6).

John's message involved exhortations: strong encouragements and passionate advice. He was certainly not afraid to speak his mind (Luke 3:3–9). Beyond what's recorded explicitly in Scripture, John's ministry was likewise bold and outspoken. Unfortunately, John's honesty was not always appreciated. Among the offended is the local ruler, Herod (Luke 3:1). John will openly condemn Herod's relationship with his brothers' wife, calling it illegitimate and against Jewish law (Luke 3:19–20; Matthew 14:1–4). Speaking truth to power, in John's case, leads to prison and eventually to execution (Matthew 14:5–12).
What is the Gospel?
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