People went to John at the Jordan River (Mt 3:5-3:5)

“Then the people

Of Jerusalem,

The people

Of all Judea,

Were going out to him.

All the region

Along the Jordan

Were going out to him.”


Τότε ἐξεπορεύετο πρὸς αὐτὸν Ἱεροσόλυμα καὶ πᾶσα ἡ Ἰουδαία καὶ πᾶσα ἡ περίχωρος τοῦ Ἰορδάνου,


Once again, Matthew followed Mark, chapter 1:5. Matthew, like Mark, mentioned all the people from Jerusalem (Ἱεροσόλυμα) and the Judean area (πᾶσα ἡ Ἰουδαία) that were going out to see John the Baptist (Τότε ἐξεπορεύετο πρὸς αὐτὸν). However, Matthew also added that the people from along the Jordan River (πᾶσα ἡ περίχωρος τοῦ Ἰορδάνου), a little further north, were also coming out to see him.

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