Matthew 3:8-17 (New International Version)

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8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.1 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.'2 I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 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.3 11 "I baptize you witha water for repentance.4 But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit5 and with fire.6 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."7

The Baptism of Jesus

3:13-17pp -- Mk 1:9-11; Lk 3:21,22; Jn 1:31-34

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.8 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" 15 Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented. 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened,9 and he saw the Spirit of God10 descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven11 said, "This is my Son,12 whom I love; with him I am well pleased."13
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