20 I walk in the ways of righteousness,
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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Footnotes

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

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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