At that time John the Baptist came to the desert of Judea and started preaching.
"Turn away from your sins," he said, "because the Kingdom of heaven is near!" 1
References for Matthew 3:2
3.2 Mt 4.17; Mk 1.15.
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!' "
References for Matthew 3:3
3.3 Is 40.3 (LXX).
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
References for Matthew 3:4
People came to him from Jerusalem, from the whole province of Judea, and from all over the country near the Jordan River.
They confessed their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan.
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
References for Matthew 3:7
3.7 Mt 12.34; 23.33.
Do those things that will show that you have turned from your sins.
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
References for Matthew 3:9
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
References for Matthew 3:10