20 I walk in the ways of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,

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20 I walk in the way of righteousness,(A)
    along the paths of justice,

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Therefore produce fruit(A) consistent with[a] repentance. And don’t presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’(B) For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.(C)

11 “I baptize you with[b] water for repentance,(D) but the one who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove[c] his sandals. He himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.(E) 12 His winnowing shovel is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn. But the chaff he will burn with fire that never goes out.”(F)

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  1. 3:8 Lit fruit worthy of
  2. 3:11 Or in
  3. 3:11 Or to carry

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.(A) And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’(B) I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.(C)

11 “I baptize you with[a] water for repentance.(D) But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with[b] the Holy Spirit(E) and fire.(F) 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”(G)

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  1. Matthew 3:11 Or in
  2. Matthew 3:11 Or in

21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness(A) than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy command(B) delivered(C) to them.(D)

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21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.(A)

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