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Mark 1:1-8 (Good News Translation)

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1 This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. a 2 It began as the prophet Isaiah had written: 1 "God said, "I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way for you.' 3 Someone is shouting in the desert, 2 "Get the road ready for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!' " 4 So John appeared in the desert, baptizing and preaching. b "Turn away from your sins and be baptized," he told the people, "and God will forgive your sins." 5 Many people from the province of Judea and the city of Jerusalem went out to hear John. They confessed their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothes made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 3 7 He announced to the people, "The man who will come after me is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to bend down and untie his sandals. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
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