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Matthew 3:1-10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Messiah’s Herald

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!” For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said:

A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way for the Lord;
make His paths straight![a]

John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then people from Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the place of his baptism,[b] he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Therefore produce fruit consistent with[c] repentance. And don’t presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 10 Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 3:3 Is 40:3
  2. Matthew 3:7 Lit to his baptism
  3. Matthew 3:8 Lit fruit worthy of

Mark 1:3-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way for the Lord;
make His paths straight![a]

John came baptizing[b] in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance[c] for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 1:3 Is 40:3; Mal 3:1
  2. Mark 1:4 Or John the Baptist came, or John the Baptizer came
  3. Mark 1:4 Or a baptism based on repentance

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