The beginning of the gospel of JesusChrist, 1the Son of God.
22As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "3BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGERaAHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY;
34THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKEREADY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHSSTRAIGHT.' "
4John the Baptistappeared in the wildernessb5preaching a baptism of repentance for the 6forgiveness of sins.
And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the JordanRiver, confessing their sins.
6John was clothed with camel'shair and wore 7a leatherbeltaround his waist, and chis diet was locusts and wildhoney.
And he was dpreaching, and saying, "After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoopdown and untie the thong of His sandals.
"I baptized you ewith water; but He will baptize you fwith the HolySpirit."