Matthew 3:1-17; Matthew 4:1-11 (Lexham English Bible)

John the Baptist Begins His Ministry

1 Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the Judean wilderness 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near!" 3 For this is the one who was spoken about by the prophet Isaiah, saying, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'" 4 Now John himself had his clothing made from camel's hair and a belt made of leather around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan were going out to him, 6 and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River [as they] confessed their sins. 7 But [when he] saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Offspring of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance! 9 And do not think to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham [as] father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 10 Already now the ax is positioned at the root of the trees; therefore every tree not producing good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 I baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who comes after me is more powerful than I [am], whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing shovel [is] in his hand, and he will clean out his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the storehouse, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John in order to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to prevent him, saying, "{I need} to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" 15 But Jesus answered [and] said to him, "Permit [it] now, for in this way it is right for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he permitted him. 16 Now [after he] was baptized, Jesus immediately went up from the water, and behold, the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove coming upon him. 17 And behold, [there was] a voice from heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

The Temptation of Jesus

1 Then Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil, 2 and [after he] had fasted forty days and forty nights, then he was hungry. 3 And the tempter approached [and] said to him, "If you are the Son of God, order that these stones become bread." 4 But he answered [and] said, "It is written, 'Man will not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes out of the mouth of God." 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the highest point of the temple 6 and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down! For it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning you,' and 'On [their] hands they will lift you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'" 7 Jesus said to him, "On the other hand it is written, 'You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.'" 8 Again the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, 9 and he said to him, "I will give to you all these things, if you will fall down [and] worship me." 10 Then Jesus said to him, "Go away, Satan, for it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'" 11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and began ministering to him.
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