Luke 3:2-17

2during a  the high priesthood of Annas and b  Caiaphas c  the word of God came to d  John the son of Zechariah in e  the wilderness. 3And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming f  a baptism of repentance g  for the forgiveness of sins. 4As it is written in h  the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

i  “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
j  Prepare the way of the Lord
Or  crying, Prepare in the wilderness the way of the Lord

make his paths straight.
5 l  Every valley shall be filled,
m  and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
n  and the crooked shall become straight,
and the rough places shall become level ways,
6 o  and all flesh shall see p  the salvation of God.’”

7He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, q  “You brood of r  vipers! Who warned you to flee from s  the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits t  in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves u  ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from v  these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. w  Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10And the crowds asked him x  What then shall we do?” 11And he answered them y  “Whoever has two tunics
Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
12 aa  Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher ab  what shall we do?” 13And he said to them ac  Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14Soldiers also asked him, “And we, ad  what shall we do?” And he said to them ae  “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your af  wages.”

15As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John ag  whether he might be ah  the Christ, 16 ai  John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but aj  he who is mightier than I is coming ak  the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you al  with the Holy Spirit and am  fire. 17His an  winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to ao  gather the wheat into his barn ap  but the chaff he will burn with aq  unquenchable fire.”

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