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Version 0.94.1, 30 December 2022

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Matthew Chapter 3

1Now in those days John the Baptist appeared on the scene, preaching in the desert of Judaea, 2and he would say, “Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.” 3For this man is the one spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, who said,

The voice of one crying out in the desert,

‘Prepare the way of the Lord.

Make his paths straight.’ ”

4Now John himself wore clothing made from camels' hair and a leather belt around his loins, while his food was locusts and wild honey. 5Then Jerusalem and all of Judaea and all the region around Jordan came out to him, 6and they were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers, who has intimated to you to flee from the wrath to come? 8So produce fruit worthy of repentance, 9and do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have our father Abraham.’ For I say to you that God can raise children to Abraham from these stones, 10and the axe has already been laid at the root of the trees. For every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and is thrown into fire. 11Now I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than me, whose shoes I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with holy spirit 12he whose winnowing fan is in his hand – and he will thoroughly clean his threshing floor, and he will gather his wheat into his storehouse, but he will burn up the chaff with inextinguishable fire.” 13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John in order to be baptized by him, 14although John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, yet do you come to me?” 15But Jesus answered by saying to him, “Allow it right now, for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. 16Then when Jesus had been baptized, straightaway he came up out of the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the spirit of God descending as a dove and alighting on him. 17And there was a voice from the heavens, which said, “This is my beloved son, with whom I am very pleased.”

Reference(s) in Chapter 3: v.3 ↔ Isaiah 40:3.

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