The Messiah's Herald

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:a Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way. b
3 A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!" c
4 John came baptizingd in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentancee for the forgiveness of sins.
5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.
6 John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.
7 He was preaching: "Someone more powerful than I will come after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of His sandals.
8 I have baptized you withf water, but He will baptize you withg the Holy Spirit."