Matthew 3

The Messiah’s Herald

1 In those days John the Baptist came, a preaching in the Wilderness of Judea b 2 and saying, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!” c 3 For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said:

A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way for the Lord;
make His paths straight! d , e

4 John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then people from Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were flocking to him, 6 and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. f

7When he saw many of the
Pharisee(s): In Judaism a religious sect that followed the whole written and oral law
Pharisees and
Sadducee(s): In Judaism a religious sect that followed primarily the first 5 books of the OT (Torah or Pentateuch)
Sadducees i coming to the place of his baptism,
Lit to his baptism
he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? k
8 Therefore produce fruit l consistent with
Lit fruit worthy of
9 And don’t presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ n For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 10Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. o

11 “I baptize you with
Or in
water for repentance,
Baptism was the means by which repentance was expressed publicly.
r but the One who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove
Or to carry
His sandals. He Himself will baptize you with
Or in
the Holy Spirit and fire. u
12 His winnowing shovel
A wooden farm implement used to toss threshed grain into the wind so the lighter chaff would blow away and separate from the heavier grain
is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn. But the chaff He will burn up with fire that never goes out.” w

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. x 14 But John tried to stop Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and yet You come to me?”

15 Jesus answered him, “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness.Then he allowed Him to be baptized.

16After Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water. The heavens y suddenly opened for Him,
Other mss omit for Him
and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on Him. aa
17 And there came a voice from heaven:

This is My beloved Son.
I take delight in Him! ab
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