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.' "1
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John's2 clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist.3 His food was locusts4 and wild honey.
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People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.
Confessing their sins, they were baptized5 by him in the Jordan River.
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But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers!6 Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?7
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Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.8
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And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.'9 I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
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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.10
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"I baptize you with water for repentance.11 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 Spirit12 and with fire.13
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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."14
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Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.15
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