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Luke 3:2-12 NIV

2 during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.

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3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

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      4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.
      5 Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.
      6 And all people will see God’s salvation.’ ”a

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      7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

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      8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
      9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

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      10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked.

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          11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”

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          12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”

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          • a 3:6 - Isaiah 40:3-5
          • b 3:16 - Or "in"
          • c 3:16 - Or "in"
          • d 3:32 - Some early manuscripts "Sala"
          • e 3:33 - Some manuscripts "Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni" ; other manuscripts vary widely.