Matthew 3

The Mission of John the Baptist

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “ [A] voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for [the] Lord, make straight paths for Him.’”
Isaiah 40:3
John wore a garment of camel’s hair, with [a] leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. [People] went out to him [from] Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region around the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. But when [John] saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his [place of] baptism, he said to them, “ [You] brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit worthy of repentance. And {do} not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham [as our] father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10  The ax lies ready at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into [the] fire. 11  I baptize you with
Or in water
water for repentance, but after me will come [One] more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with [the] Holy Spirit and with fire.
Or in the Holy Spirit and in fire
12  His winnowing fork [is] in His hand to clear His threshing floor and to gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

The Baptism of Jesus

13  At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by [John] . 14  But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and {do} You come to me?” 15  “Let [it] be so now,” Jesus replied. “It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness in this way.” Then [John] permitted Him. 16  As soon as [Jesus] was baptized, He went up out of the water. Suddenly the heavens were opened,
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and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and resting on Him.
17  And a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!”
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