Matthew 3:1-6 NIV

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

3:1-12pp -- Mk 1:3-8; Lk 3:2-17

1 In those days John the Baptist1 came, preaching in the Desert of Judea

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2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven2 is near."

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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.' "a3

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4 John's4 clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist.5 His food was locusts6 and wild honey.

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5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.
6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized7 by him in the Jordan River.

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