Matt. 3:1–11; Luke 3:3–16; John 1:19–34
1 The abeginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, bthe Son of God. 2 As it is written in 1the Prophets:
c“Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.”
3 “The dvoice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’ ”
4 eJohn came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance 2for the remission of sins. 5 fThen all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
6 Now John was gclothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, h“There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8 iI indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you jwith the Holy Spirit.”
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