John the Baptist Prepares the Way(A)

In those days (B)John the Baptist came preaching (C)in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for (D)the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:

(E)“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
(F)‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’ ”

Now (G)John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was (H)locusts and (I)wild honey. (J)Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him (K)and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, (L)“Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from (M)the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, (N)‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. (O)Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 (P)I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. (Q)He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit [a]and fire.

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And he preached, saying, (A)“There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.

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(A)I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you (B)with the Holy Spirit.”

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16 John answered, saying to all, (A)“I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will (B)baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

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17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and (A)gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”

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29 And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors [a]justified God, (A)having been baptized with the baptism of John.

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  1. Luke 7:29 declared the righteousness of

26 John answered them, saying, (A)“I baptize with water, (B)but there stands One among you whom you do not know.

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33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, (A)this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

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And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?”

So they said, (A)“Into John’s baptism.”

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