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Matthew 3:1-10 (English Standard Version)

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John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1 1In those days 2John the Baptist came preaching in 3the wilderness of Judea, 2 4"Repent, for 5the kingdom of heaven is at hand." 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, 6"The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 7'Preparea the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.'" 4 Now John wore 8a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was 9locusts and 10wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, 6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, 11confessing their sins. 7 But when he saw many of 12the Pharisees and 13Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, 14"You brood of 15vipers! Who warned you to flee from 16the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruit 17in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not presume to say to yourselves, 18'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you, God is able from 19these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 10 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. 20Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
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