Matthew 3:1-11

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1 a  In those days b  John the Baptist came preaching in c  the wilderness of Judea, 2 d  Repent, for e  the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 3For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said,

f  “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
g  Prepare
Or  crying: Prepare in the wilderness
the way of the Lord;
make his paths straight.’”

4Now John wore i  a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was j  locusts and k  wild honey. 5Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, 6and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan l  confessing their sins.

7But when he saw many of m  the Pharisees and n  Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them o  “You brood of p  vipers! Who warned you to flee from q  the wrath to come? 8Bear fruit r  in keeping with repentance. 9And do not presume to say to yourselves s  ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from t  these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 10Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. u  Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

11 v  I baptize you with water w  for repentance, but x  he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you y  with the Holy Spirit and z  fire.
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