Bible: Mark 1:3-8

1:3 the voice of one shouting in the wilderness,

Prepare the way for the Lord,

make 1  his paths straight. 2 

1:4 In the wilderness 3  John the baptizer 4  began preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5  1:5 People 6  from the whole Judean countryside and all of Jerusalem 7  were going out to him, and he was baptizing them 8  in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. 1:6 John wore a garment made of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 9  1:7 He proclaimed, 10 One more powerful than I am is coming after me; I am not worthy 11  to bend down and untie the strap 12  of his sandals. 1:8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

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