3 Now in those days John the Baptist *[a]came, [b]preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven [c]is at hand.”3 For this is the one referred to [d]by Isaiah the prophet when he said,
“The voice of one[e]crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight!’”
3 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,2 in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.3 And he came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins;4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight. 5 ‘Every ravine will be filled, And every mountain and hill will be[a]brought low; The crooked will become straight, And the rough roads smooth; 6 And all[b]flesh willsee the salvation of God.’”
19 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”20 And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not [a]the Christ.”21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he *said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”23 He said, “I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”
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