1 This is the good news about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.[a]2 It began just as God had said in the book written by Isaiah the prophet,
“I am sending my messenger to get the way ready for you. 3 In the desert someone is shouting, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord! Make a straight path for him.’”
4 So John the Baptist showed up in the desert and told everyone, “Turn back to God and be baptized! Then your sins will be forgiven.”
5 From all Judea and Jerusalem crowds of people went to John. They told how sorry they were for their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River.
6 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair. He had a leather strap around his waist and ate grasshoppers and wild honey.
7 John also told the people, “Someone more powerful is going to come. And I am not good enough even to stoop down and untie his sandals.[b]8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!”
1.1the Son of God: These words are not in some manuscripts.
1.7untie his sandals: This was the duty of a slave.
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