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1 It was during those days thatYochanan the Immerser arrived in the desert ofY'hudah and began proclaiming the message, 1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea
2 "Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!" 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
3 This is the man Yesha`yahu was talking about when he said, "The voice of someone crying out: `In the desert prepare the way of ADONAI! Make straight paths for him!'" 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 Yochanan wore clothes of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was 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 People went out to him from Yerushalayim, from all Y'hudah, and from the whole region around the Yarden. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.
6 Confessing their sins, they were immersed by him in the Yarden River. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
7 But when Yochanan saw many of the P'rushim and Tz'dukim coming to be immersed by him, he said to them, "You snakes! Who warned you to escape the coming punishment? 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 If you have really turned from your sins to God, produce fruit that will prove it! 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
9 And don't suppose you can comfort yourselves by saying, `Avraham is our father'! For I tell you that God can raise up for Avraham sons 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 Already the axe is at the root of the trees, ready to strike; every tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown in 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 It's true that I am immersing you in water so that you might turn from sin to God; but the one coming after me is more powerful than I -- I'm not worthy even to carry his sandals -- and he will immerse you in the Ruach HaKodesh 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 He has with him his winnowing fork; and he will clear out his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn but burning up the straw with 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 Then Yeshua came from the Galil to the Yarden to be immersed by Yochanan. 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.
14 But Yochanan tried to stop him. "You are coming to me? I ought to be immersed by you!" 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
15 However, Yeshua answered him, "Let it be this way now, because we should do everything righteousness requires." Then Yochanan let him. 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 Yeshua had been immersed, he came up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, he saw the Spirit of God coming down upon him like a dove, 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 and a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; I am well pleased with him." 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."