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[a]as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:(A)

“A voice of one crying out in the desert:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,(B)
    make straight his paths.

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  1. 3:4 The Essenes from Qumran used the same passage to explain why their community was in the desert studying and observing the law and the prophets (1QS 8:12–15).