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Matthew 3:1-10 (Good News Translation)

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1 At that time John the Baptist came to the desert of Judea and started preaching. 2 "Turn away from your sins," he said, "because the Kingdom of heaven is near!" 1 3 John was the man the prophet Isaiah was talking about when he said, 2 "Someone is shouting in the desert, "Prepare a road for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!' " 4 John's clothes were made of camel's hair; he wore a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 3 5 People came to him from Jerusalem, from the whole province of Judea, and from all over the country near the Jordan River. 6 They confessed their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan. 7 When John saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to him to be baptized, he said to them, "You snakes - who told you that you could escape from the punishment God is about to send? 4 8 Do those things that will show that you have turned from your sins. 9 And don't think you can escape punishment by saying that Abraham is your ancestor. I tell you that God can take these rocks and make descendants for Abraham! 5 10 The ax is ready to cut down the trees at the roots; every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown in the fire. 6
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