Matthew 3:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 3:5, NIV: People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.

Matthew 3:5, ESV: Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him,

Matthew 3:5, KJV: Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

Matthew 3:5, NASB: At that time Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the region around the Jordan;

Matthew 3:5, NLT: People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John.

Matthew 3:5, CSB: Then people from Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were going out to him,

What does Matthew 3:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John the Baptist became a well-known figure in Israel, known for one clear message: Repent from your sins and be baptized because the coming of the Messiah is near (Matthew 3:1–2). The fact that he preached his message in an area of wilderness didn't keep the crowds away. People traveled from Jerusalem and all around the region to listen to him and to be baptized by him.

Of course, almost nobody knew that John would identify Jesus as the long-promised Messiah of Israel. They also did not know that the kingdom Jesus would establish would come first to the hearts of those who follow Him and only much later would take the form of a political kingdom on earth.