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Matthew 3:1-6 (Today's New International Version)

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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 wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven2 has come near." 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' "a3 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. 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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