Bible: Matt 3:5-11

3:5 Then people from Jerusalem, 1  as well as all Judea and all the region around the Jordan, were going out to him, 3:6 and he was baptizing them 2  in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.

3:7 But when he saw many Pharisees 3  and Sadducees 4  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 5  that proves your 6  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 7  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 8  to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 9 

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