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23 He said:

“I am ‘the voice of one crying out in the desert,(A)
“Make straight the way of the Lord,”’[a]

as Isaiah the prophet said.”

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  1. 1:23 This is a repunctuation and reinterpretation (as in the synoptic gospels and Septuagint) of the Hebrew text of Is 40:3 which reads, “A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord.”