Bible: Matthew 3:7-12; 7:17-23
3:7 But when he saw many Pharisees 1 and Sadducees 2 coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 3:8 Therefore produce fruit 3 that proves your 4 repentance, 3:9 and don’t think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 3:10 Even now the ax is laid at 5 the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
3:11 “I baptize you with water, for repentance, but the one coming after me is more powerful than I am – I am not worthy 6 to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 7 3:12 His winnowing fork 8 is in his hand, and he will clean out his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the storehouse, 9 but the chaff he will burn up with inextinguishable fire.” 10
7:17 The flood engulfed the earth for forty days. As the waters increased, they lifted the ark and raised it above the earth. 7:18 The waters completely overwhelmed 1 the earth, and the ark floated 2 on the surface of the waters. 7:19 The waters completely inundated 3 the earth so that even 4 all the high mountains under the entire sky were covered. 7:20 The waters rose more than twenty feet 5 above the mountains. 6 7:21 And all living things 7 that moved on the earth died, including the birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all humankind. 7:22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life 8 in its nostrils died. 7:23 So the