And so John the Baptist(A) appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance(B) for the forgiveness of sins.(C) The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist,(D) and he ate locusts(E) and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.(F) I baptize you with[a] water, but he will baptize you with[b] the Holy Spirit.”(G)

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus(H)(I)

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth(J) in Galilee and was baptized by John(K) in the Jordan.

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