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Matthew 3 WNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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Weymouth New Testament (WNT) New International Version (NIV)
1 About this time John the Baptist made his appearance, preaching in the Desert of Judaea. 1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea
2 "Repent," he said, "for the Kingdom of the Heavens is now close at hand." 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
3 He it is who was spoken of through the Prophet Isaiah when he said, "The voice of one crying aloud, `In the desert prepare ye a road for the Lord: make His highway straight.'" 3 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.' "
4 This man John wore a garment of camel's hair, and a loincloth of leather; and he lived upon locusts and wild honey. 4 John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then large numbers of people went out to him--people from Jerusalem and from all Judaea, and from the whole of the Jordan valley-- 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.
6 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, making full confession of their sins. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he exclaimed, "O vipers' brood, who has warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
8 Therefore let your lives prove your change of heart; 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
9 and do not imagine that you can say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our forefather,' for I tell you that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
10 And already the axe is lying at the root of the trees, so that every tree which does not produce good fruit will quickly be hewn down and thrown into the fire. 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.
11 I indeed am baptizing you in water on a profession of repentance; but He who is coming after me is mightier than I: His sandals I am not worthy to carry for a moment; He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire. 11 "I baptize you with water for repentance. 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 Spirit and with fire.
12 His winnowing-shovel is in His hand, and He will make a thorough clearance of His threshing-floor, gathering His wheat into the storehouse, but burning up the chaff in unquenchable fire." 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."
13 Just at that time Jesus, coming from Galilee to the Jordan, presents Himself to John to be baptized by him. 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.
14 John protested. "It is I," he said, "who have need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
15 "Let it be so on this occasion," Jesus replied; "for so we ought to fulfil every religious duty." Then he consented; 15 Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.
16 and Jesus was baptized, and immediately went up from the water. At that moment the heavens opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him, 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.
17 while a voice came from Heaven, saying, "This is My Son, the dearly loved, in whom is My delight." 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."