In those days John the Baptist1 came, preaching in the Desert of Judea
and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven2 is near."
This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' "a34
John's4 clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist.5 His food was locusts6 and wild honey.
People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.
Confessing their sins, they were baptized7 by him in the Jordan River.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers!8 Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?98
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.10