The Messiah's Herald

1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Wilderness of Judea

References for Matthew 3:1

      2 and saying, "Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!"
      3 For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!" a

      References for Matthew 3:3

        • a 3:3 - Isaiah 40:3
          4 John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
          5 Then [people from] Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were flocking to him,
          6 and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.
          7 When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the place of his baptism,b he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

          References for Matthew 3:7

            • b 3:7 - Lit to his baptism
              8 Therefore produce fruit consistent withc repentance.

              References for Matthew 3:8

                • c 3:8 - Lit fruit worthy of
                  9 And don't presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones!
                  10 Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore every tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
                  11 "I baptize you withd water for repentance,e but the One who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to take offf His sandals. He Himself will baptize you withg the Holy Spirit and fire.

                  References for Matthew 3:11

                    • d 3:11 - Or in
                    • e 3:11 - Baptism was the means by which repentance was expressed publicly.
                    • f 3:11 - Or to carry
                    • g 3:11 - Or in
                      12 His winnowing shovelh is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn. But the chaff He will burn up with fire that never goes out."

                      References for Matthew 3:12

                        • h 3:12 - A wooden farm implement used to toss threshed grain into the wind so the lighter chaff would blow away and separate from the heavier grain

                          The Baptism of Jesus

                          13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him.

                          References for Matthew 3:13

                              14 But John tried to stop Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and yet You come to me?"
                              15 Jesus answered him, "Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him [to be baptized].
                              16 After Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for Him,i and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on Him.

                              References for Matthew 3:16

                                • i 3:16 - Other mss omit for Him
                                  17 And there came a voice from heaven: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!