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.(A)

11 “I baptize you with[a] water for repentance,[b](B) 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[d] the Holy Spirit and fire.(C) 12 His winnowing shovel[e] is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn. But the chaff He will burn up with fire that never goes out.”(D)

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  1. Matthew 3:11 Or in
  2. Matthew 3:11 Baptism was the means by which repentance was expressed publicly.
  3. Matthew 3:11 Or to carry
  4. Matthew 3:11 Or in
  5. Matthew 3:12 A wooden farm implement used to toss threshed grain into the wind so the lighter chaff would blow away and separate from the heavier grain

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