Matthew 3
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The Preaching of John the Baptist

1Now in those days [†]John the Baptist [†]came, [†]preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven [†]is at hand.” 3For this is the one referred to [†]by Isaiah the prophet, saying,




4Now John himself had [†]a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea, and all the district around the Jordan; 6and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; 9and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 10And the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

11“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

The Baptism of Jesus

13Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John to be baptized by him. 14But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” 15But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him. 16And after being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and [†]he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon Him, 17and behold, there was a voice out of the heavens saying, “This is [†]My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

1 Gr Joannes, Heb Johanan; so in Matt
1 Or arrived, appeared
1 Or proclaiming as a herald
2 Lit has come near
3 Or through
3 Or shouting
3 In OT, Yahweh, cf. Is 40:3
4 Lit his garment
16 Or He
17 Or My Son, the Beloved

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