Matthew 3:1-12 NRS

1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming,
2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." a

References for Matthew 3:2

    • v 3:2 - Or [is at hand]
      3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' "
      4 Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
      5 Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan,
      6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
      7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
      8 Bear fruit worthy of repentance.
      9 Do not presume to say to yourselves, "We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
      10 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
      11 "I baptize you with b water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with c the Holy Spirit and fire.

      References for Matthew 3:11

          12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."