Matthew 3

CHAPTER 3

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

And in those days came John the Baptist, proclaiming in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent! [6approaches 1for 2the 3kingdom 4of the 5heavens]. For this is the thing having been spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, A voice yelling in the wilderness; Prepare the way of the Lord! [2straight 1Make] his roads! And he, John, had his garment from [2hair 1camel's], and a belt made of skin around his loin. And his nourishment was locusts and [2honey 1wild]. Then came forth to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the place round about the Jordan. And they were immersed in the Jordan by him, acknowledging their sins. And beholding many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming upon his immersion, he said to them, Offspring of vipers, who showed plainly to you to flee from the about to come anger? Do then fruits worthy of repentance! For you should not seem to say in yourselves, [2father 1We have] Abraham. For I say to you, that God is able [4from out of 5these stones 1to raise up 2children 3to Abraham]. 10 And already even the axe to the root of the trees is situated. For every tree not producing [2fruit 1good], is cut down and [2into 3fire 1thrown]. 11 Forasmuch as I immerse you in water for repentance, the one [2after 3me 1coming 5stronger than 6me 4is]; of whom I am not fit [2the 3sandals 1to bear]. He shall immerse you in [2spirit 1holy] and fire -- 12 of which the winnowing fan is in his hand, and he shall thoroughly cleanse his threshing-floor, and shall gather together his grain into the storehouse; but the straw he shall incinerate [2fire 1by inextinguishable].

John Immerses Jesus

13 Then comes Jesus from Galilee unto the Jordan to John, to be immersed by him. 14  And John restrains him, saying, I [2need 1have 4by 5you 3to be immersed], and you come to me? 15 And answering Jesus said to him, Allow it just now! for to this it is becoming to us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he allows him. 16 And Jesus having been immersed, ascended straightway from the water. And behold, [3were opened 4to him 1the 2heavens], and he beheld the spirit of God coming down as a dove, and coming upon him. 17 And behold, a voice from out of the heavens, saying, This is my son the beloved, in whom I take pleasure.
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