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1 Later, John the Baptizer appeared in the desert of Judea. His message was, 1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea
2 "Turn to God and change the way you think and act, because the kingdom of heaven is near." 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
3 Isaiah the prophet spoke about this man when he said, "A voice cries out in the desert: 'Prepare the way for the Lord! Make his paths 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 John wore clothes made from camel's hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His diet consisted of 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 Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole Jordan Valley went to him. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.
6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to be baptized, he said to them, "You poisonous snakes! Who showed you how to flee from God's coming anger? 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 Do those things that prove you have turned to God and have changed the way you think and act. 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
9 Don't think you can say, 'Abraham is our ancestor.' I can guarantee 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 The ax is now ready to cut the roots of the trees. Any tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into a 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 baptize you with water so that you will change the way you think and act. But the one who comes after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and 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 clean up his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into a barn, but he will burn the husks in a fire that can never be put out." 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 Jesus appeared. He came from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.
14 But John tried to stop him and said, "I need to be baptized by you. Why are you coming to me?" 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
15 Jesus answered him, "This is the way it has to be now. This is the proper way to do everything that God requires of us." Then John gave in to 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 After Jesus was baptized, he immediately came up from the water. Suddenly, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down as a dove to 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 Then a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love--my Son with whom I am pleased." 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."