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Matthew 3
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John the Baptist Prepares the Way

3In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was,G1161G1722G1565G2250G3854G2491G910G2784G1722G2048G2449 2"Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."G2532G3004G3340G1063G932G3772G1448 3The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said, "He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, `Prepare the way for the LORD's coming! Clear the road for him!'"G1063G3778G2076G4483G5259G4396G2268G3004G5456G994G1722G2048G2090G3598G2962G4160G846G5147G2117 4John's clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey.G1161G846G2491G2192G846G1742G575G2574G2359G2532G1193G2223G4012G846G3751G1161G846G5160G2258G200G2532G66G3192 5People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John.G5119G1607G4314G846G2414G2532G3956G2449G2532G3956G4066G2446 6And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.G2532G907G5259G846G1722G2446G1843G846G266 7But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. "You brood of snakes!" he exclaimed. "Who warned you to flee God's coming wrath?G1161G1492G4183G5330G2532G4523G2064G1909G846G908G2036G846G1081G2191G5101G5263G5213G5343G575G3709G3195 8Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.G4160G3767G2590G514G3341 9Don't just say to each other, `We're safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.' That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones.G2532G1380G3361G3004G1722G1438G2192G11G3962G1063G3004G5213G3754G2316G1410G1537G5130G3037G1453G5043G11 10Even now the ax of God's judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.G1161G2235G2532G513G2749G4314G4491G1186G3767G3956G1186G4160G3361G4160G2570G2590G1581G2532G906G1519G4442 11"I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am - so much greater that I'm not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.G1473G3303G907G5209G1722G5204G1519G3341G1161G2064G3694G3450G2076G2478G3450G3739G5266G1510G3756G2425G941G846G907G5209G1722G40G4151G2532G4442 12He is ready to separate the chaff from the wheat with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, gathering the wheat into his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire."G3739G4425G1722G846G5495G2532G1245G846G257G2532G4863G846G4621G1519G596G1161G2618G892G762G4442

The Baptism of Jesus

13Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.G5119G3854G2424G575G1056G1909G2446G4314G2491G907G5259G846 14But John tried to talk him out of it. "I am the one who needs to be baptized by you," he said, "so why are you coming to me?"G1161G2491G1254G3004G1473G2192G5532G907G5259G4675G2532G2064G4771G4314G3165 15But Jesus said, "It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires." So John agreed to baptize him.G1161G2424G611G2036G4314G846G863G737G1063G3779G4241G2076G2254G4137G3956G1343G5119G863G846 16After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.G2532G2424G907G305G2117G575G5204G2532G2400G3772G455G846G2532G1492G4151G2316G2597G5616G4058G2532G2064G1909G846 17And a voice from heaven said, "This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy."G2532G2400G5456G1537G3772G3004G3778G2076G3450G27G5207G1722G3739G2106


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