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And the whole region of Judea and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, openly confessing their sins. Bible other translations

“the whole region of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem.” A good example of oriental hyperbole (exaggeration). Not everyone went to John to be baptized, but a great many did. The Greek reads “Jerusalemites,” but “all the people of Jerusalem” is clearer in English.

“openly confessing their sins.” See commentary on Matthew 3:6.


Commentary for: Mark 1:5