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George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
John 1:28

These things happened in Bethany, at the Jordan crossing, where John was baptizing.

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Commentaries:

- Clarke Commentary;   A.W. Pinks's Commentary;   Birdgeway Bible Commentary;   Coffman Commentaries;   Barne's Notes;   Box's Commentaries on Selected Books;   Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes;   Calvin's Commentary;   Cambridge Greek Testament;   Lapide's Commentary;   Chuck Smith Commentary;   Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible ;   Constable's Expository Notes;   Daily Study Bible;   Darby's Synopsis;   Ellicott's Commentary;   Expositor's Greek Testament;   Family Bible New Testament;   Hole's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Gaebelein's Annotated;   Golden Chain Commentary;   Morgan's Biblical Exposition;   Gill's Exposition;   Godbey's NT Commentary;   Everett's Study Notes;   Alford's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Mahan's Commentary;   The Bible Study New Testament;   Ironside's Notes;   Bengel's Gnomon;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged;   The People's Bible;   Sutcliffe's Commentary;   Trapp's Commentary;   Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible;   Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures;   Grant's Commentary;   Henry's Complete;   Henry's Concise;   Poole's Annotations;   Pett's Bible Commentary;   Peake's Bible Commentary;   Preacher's Homiletical Commentary;   Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary;   People's New Testament;   Benson's Commentary;   Robertson's Word Pictures;   Ryle's Exposiory Thougths;   Sermon Bible;   Schaff's New Testament Commentary;   Spurgeon's Verse Expositions;   Biblical Illustrator;   Coke's Commentary;   Expositor's Bible;   Fourfold Gospel;   Pulpit Commentaries;   Treasury of Knowledge;   Vincent's Studies;   Wesley's Notes;   Whedon's Commentary;  

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Baptism;   Bethabara;   Jesus, the Christ;   John;   Scofield Reference Index - Life;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bethabara;   The Topic Concordance - Baptism;   John the Baptist;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Jordan, the River;  

Dictionaries:

- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Beth-Abara;   Enon;   John;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Baptism;   Bethany;   Gilead;   John the baptist;   Perea;   Peter;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Baptize, Baptism;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Universalists;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Hypostatic union;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Bethabara;   Bethany;   Peter;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Aenon;   Bethabara;   Bethnimrah;   Jesus Christ;   Nimrah;   Zaretan;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Beth-Abara;   John;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Bethabara;   John the Baptist;   John, Gospel of;   Lazarus;   Peter;   Philip;   Salim;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Benedictus;   Bethabara ;   Dates (2);   John the Baptist;   Joram;   Lazarus;   Manuscripts;   Mary;   Ministry;   Premeditation;   Salim;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Bethabara ;   Bethany ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Beth-abara;   Gilead;   Jesus christ;   John the apostle;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ae'non;   Bethab'ara;   Beth'any;   E'non;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Bethabara;  

Encyclopedias:

- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Aenon;   Andrew;   Apollos;   Bethabara;   Bethany;   John the Baptist;   Judas Iscariot;   Nathanael (2);   Papyrus;   Regeneration;   Salim;   Text and Manuscripts of the New Testament;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Bethabara;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - John the Baptist;  

Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
These things occurred in Bethany (Bethabara) across the Jordan [ at the Jordan crossing], where John was then baptizing.

The Complete Jewish Bible
All this took place in Beit-Anyah, east of the Yarden, where Yochanan was immersing.

American Standard Version
These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Bible in Basic English
These things took place at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was giving baptism.

English Revised Version
These things were done in Bethany beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Contemporary English Version
John said this as he was baptizing east of the Jordan River in Bethany.

English Standard Version
These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Easy-to-Read Version
These things all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River. This is where John was baptizing people.

The Geneva Bible (1587)
These things were done in Bethabara beyond Iordan, where Iohn did baptize.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
These thynges were done in Bethabara beyonde Iordane, where Iohn dyd baptize.

Darby's Translation
These things took place in Bethany, across the Jordan, where John was baptising.

King James Version (1611)
These things were done in Bethabara beyond Iordane, where Iohn was baptizing.

New Revised Standard
This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
These things were done in Bethania, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

New Century Version
This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing people.

James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta
These things occurred in Bethany, where John was baptizing.

Good News Translation
All this happened in Bethany on the east side of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.

Holman Christian Standard
All this happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
This was done at Bethabara beyonde Iordane, where Ihon dyd baptyse.

Mace New Testament (1729)
these things were transacted at Bethabara, near Jordan, where John used to baptize.

J.P. Green Literal Translation
These things took place in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

New King James
These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

New Living Translation
This incident took place at Bethany, a village east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.

New International Version
This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

King James Version
These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

New Life Version
All this happened when John was baptizing in the town of Bethany. He was on the other side of the Jordan River.

Hebrew Names Version
These things were done in Beit-Anyah beyond the Yarden, where Yochanan was immersing.

International Standard Version
This happened in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta
These things were done in Bethania, at the passage of the Jurdan, where Juchanon was baptizing.

New American Standard Version
These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The Emphasised Bible
These things, in Bethany, came to pass, beyond the Jordan, where John was, immersing.

Revised Standard Version
This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Tyndale Bible
These thinges were done in Bethabara beyonde Iordan where Iohn dyd baptyse.

Updated Bible Version 1.9
These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The Webster Bible
These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

World English Bible
These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Wesley's New Testament (1755)
These things were done in Bethabara, beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Weymouth New Testament
This conversation took place at Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
These thingis weren don in Bethanye biyende Jordan, where Joon was baptisyng.

Young's Literal Translation
These things came to pass in Bethabara, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing,

The Message
These conversations took place in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing at the time. The God-Revealer

Lexham English Bible
These things took place in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Contextual Overview

19This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who are you? 20And he confessed and did not deny it; but he declared, I am not the Christ. 21Then they asked him again, What then? Are you Elijah? And he said, I am not. Are you a prophet? And he said, No. 22Then they said to him, Who are you? so that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say concerning yourself? 23He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Straighten the highway of the Lord, as the prophet Isaiah said. 24Those who were sent were from the Pharisees. 25And they asked him and said to him, Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor a prophet? 26John answered and said to them, I baptize with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know; 27This is the one who comes after me, and is ahead of me, the one even the strings of whose shoes I am not good enough to untie. 28These things happened in Bethany, at the Jordan crossing, where John was baptizing.

Verse Review

from
Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
Bethabara
10:40; Judges 7:24
Bethbarah
12:5
where
3:23

Cross-References

Genesis 1:1
GOD created the heavens and the earth in the very beginning.

Genesis 1:3
And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.

Genesis 1:4
And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.

Genesis 1:5
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Genesis 1:17
And God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth,

Genesis 1:18
And to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:22
And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply on the earth.

Genesis 8:17
Bring forth with you every beast of every kind that is with you, both fowl and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth; that they may breed abundantly on the earth and be fruitful and multiply upon the face of the earth.

Genesis 9:1
AND God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

Genesis 9:7
As for you, be fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly on the earth, and multiply in it.

Gill's Notes on the Bible

These things were done in Bethabara,.... That is, this testimony was bore by John; and this discourse passed between him and the Pharisees, at the place here mentioned; which was a passage over Jordan, where much people walked to go on the other side,

beyond Jordan; and

where also John was baptizing; which brought a great concourse of people together: so that this witness was bore in a very public manner, and before a large number; and it is to this that Christ refers, in John 1:33 for this was so well known, that there was no hiding or denying it: the place where this conversation passed, is in the Vulgate Latin, and all the eastern versions; and in the Alexandrian copy, and many other copies, and so in Nonnus, called Bethany; but as De Dieu observes, Bethany was not beyond Jordan, nor in the wilderness of Judea, but near to Jerusalem, about two miles distant from it; nor was it situated by waters convenient for baptizing, unless they went to the brook Kidron, which indeed was not far from it; but it is clear from the history, that John was not so near Jerusalem; nor did that brook which might be forded over, continues the same learned author, seem fit and proper enough, `"mergendis baptizandorum corporibus", for plunging the bodies of those that were to be baptized'; wherefore he rightly concludes, that either this reading is an error, or there was another Bethany near Jordan: Bethabara signifies "the house of passage", and is thought to be the place where the Israelites passed over Jordan, to go into the land of Canaan, Joshua 3:16. And which, as it must be a very convenient place for the administration of baptism by immersion, used by John, so it was very significant of the use of this ordinance; which is, as it were, the passage, or entrance, into the Gospel church state; for persons ought first to be baptized, and then be admitted into a Gospel church, according to the example of the primitive Christians, Acts 2:41 but whether there was a place of this name, where the Israelites went over Jordan, is not certain; and if there was, it does not seem so likely to be the place here designed, since that was right over against Jericho; whereas this seems to be rather further off, and over against Galilee: there were several passages of Jordan, Judges 12:5. There was a bridge over it, between the lake of Samochon and Gennesaret, now called Jacob's bridge, where Jacob is supposed to have wrestled with the angel, and to have met with his brother Esau; and there was another over it at Chainmath, near Tiberias, and in other places: and it might be at one of these passages, by which they went over into Galilee, that John pitched upon to continue preaching and baptizing at; partly because of the number of people that went over, to whom he had the opportunity of preaching; and partly, for the sake of baptizing those who became proper subjects of that ordinance through his ministry. Some have thought, that this place is the same with Bethbarah, in Judges 7:24, which was either in the tribe of Ephraim or of Manasseh, and not far from the parts where this place must be, but was on this side Jordan; and so Beza says the words should be rendered; and those who came to John at Jordan, are not said to pass over that river: others are of opinion, that Bethabara is the same with Betharabah, Joshua 15:6, since this is called Bethabara by the Septuagint, in Joshua 18:22. However, be it what place soever, and wheresoever, it was no doubt very proper for John's purpose; and therefore he chose it, and for a while continued at it: and here, says Jerom.

"to this day many of the brethren, that is, of the number of believers, desiring there to be born again, are baptized in the vital stream;

such veneration had they for the place where John first baptized: Origen says, that in his time it was said, that Bethabara was showed by the banks of Jordan, where they report John baptized,

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

In Bethabara - Almost all the ancient manuscripts and versions, instead of “Bethabara” here, have “Bethany,” and this is doubtless the true reading. There was a Bethany about 2 miles east of Jerusalem, but there is said also to have been another in the tribe of Reuben, on the east side of the river Jordan, and in this place, probably, John was baptizing. It is about 12 miles above Jericho. The word “Bethabara” means “house or place of a ford.” The reading “Bethabara,” instead of “Bethany,” seems to have arisen from the conjecture of Origen, who found in his day no such place as “Bethany,” but saw a town called “Bethabara,” where John was said to have baptized, and therefore took the liberty of changing the former reading - Robinson, Lexicon.

Beyond Jordan - On the east side of the Jordan River.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

These things were done in Bethabara - It is very probable that the word Bethany should be inserted here, instead of Bethabara. This reading, in the judgment of the best critics, is the genuine one. The following are the authorities by which it is supported: ABCEGHLMSX, BV, of Matthai, upwards of a hundred others, Syriac, Armenian, Persic, Coptic, Slavonic, Vulgate, Saxon, and all the Itala, with some of the most eminent of the primitive fathers, before the time of Origen, who is supposed to have first changed the reading. Bethabara signifies literally the house of passage, and is thought to be the place where the Israelites passed the river Jordan under Joshua. There was a place called Bethany, about two miles from Jerusalem, at the foot of the mount of Olives. But there was another of the same name, beyond Jordan, in the tribe of Reuben. It was probably of this that the evangelist speaks; and Origen, not knowing of this second Bethany, altered the reading to Bethabara. See Rosenmuller.


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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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