Matthew 3:1-10 GNT

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

References for Matthew 3:2

    • 10 3:2 - 3.2 Mt 4.17; Mk 1.15.
      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!' "

      References for Matthew 3:3

        • 11 3:3 - 3.3 Is 40.3 (LXX).
          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

          References for Matthew 3:4

            • 12 3:4 - 3.4 2 K 1.8.
              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

              References for Matthew 3:7

                • 13 3:7 - 3.7 Mt 12.34; 23.33.
                  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

                  References for Matthew 3:9

                    • 14 3:9 - 3.9 Jn 8.33.
                      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

                      References for Matthew 3:10

                        • 15 3:10 - 3.10 Mt 7.19.