Bible: Matt 3:2-15

3:2 Repent, 1  for the kingdom of heaven is near.” 3:3 For he is the one about whom Isaiah the prophet had spoken: 2 

The voice 3  of one shouting in the wilderness,

Prepare the way for the Lord, make 4  his paths straight.’ 5 

3:4 Now John wore clothing made from camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his diet consisted of locusts and wild honey. 6  3:5 Then people from Jerusalem, 7  as well as all Judea and all the region around the Jordan, were going out to him, 3:6 and he was baptizing them 8  in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.

3:7 But when he saw many Pharisees 9  and Sadducees 10  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 11  that proves your 12  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 13  the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

3:11I baptize you with water, for repentance, but the one coming after me is more powerful than I am – I am not worthy 14  to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 15  3:12 His winnowing fork 16  is in his hand, and he will clean out his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the storehouse, 17  but the chaff he will burn up with inextinguishable fire.” 18 

The Baptism of Jesus

3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John to be baptized by him in the Jordan River. 19  3:14 But John 20  tried to prevent 21  him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me? 3:15 So Jesus replied 22  to him, “Let it happen now, 23  for it is right for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John 24  yielded 25  to him.

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