Matthew 3 New American Standard Bible

The Preaching of John the Baptist

3 Now in those days John the Baptist came , preaching in the wilderness of Judea , saying , 2  " Repent , for the kingdom of heaven is at hand ." 3  For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said , " THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS , ' MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE Lord , MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT !' " 4  Now John himself had a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist ; and his food was locusts and wild honey . 5  Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan ; 6  and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River , as they confessed their sins .

7  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism , he said to them, "You brood of vipers , who warned you to flee from the wrath to come ? 8  " Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance ; 9  and 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 . 10  "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 . 12  "His 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

13  Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John , to be baptized by him. 14  But John tried to prevent Him, saying , "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?" 15  But Jesus answering 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. 16  After being baptized , Jesus came up immediately from the water ; and behold , the heavens were opened , and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, 17  and behold , a voice out of the heavens said , " This is My beloved Son , in whom I am well-pleased ."

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