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Matthew 3

ESV 1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, MSG 1 While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called "the Baptizer," was preaching in the desert country of Judea. ESV 2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." MSG 2 His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: "Change your life. God's kingdom is here." ESV 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.'" MSG 3 John and his message were authorized by Isaiah's prophecy: Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God's arrival! Make the road smooth and straight! ESV 4 Now John wore a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. MSG 4 John dressed in a camel-hair habit tied at the waist by a leather strap. He lived on a diet of locusts and wild field honey. ESV 5 Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, MSG 5 People poured out of Jerusalem, Judea, and the Jordanian countryside to hear and see him in action. ESV 6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. MSG 6 There at the Jordan River those who came to confess their sins were baptized into a changed life. ESV 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? MSG 7 When John realized that a lot of Pharisees and Sadducees were showing up for a baptismal experience because it was becoming the popular thing to do, he exploded: "Brood of snakes! What do you think you're doing slithering down here to the river? Do you think a little water on your snakeskins is going to make any difference? ESV 8 Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. MSG 8 It's your life that must change, not your skin! ESV 9 And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. MSG 9 And don't think you can pull rank by claiming Abraham as father. Being a descendant of Abraham is neither here nor there. Descendants of Abraham are a dime a dozen. ESV 10 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. MSG 10 What counts is your life. Is it green and blossoming? Because if it's deadwood, it goes on the fire. ESV 11 "I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. MSG 11 "I'm baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama - compared to him I'm a mere stagehand - will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. ESV 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." MSG 12 He's going to clean house - make a clean sweep of your lives. He'll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he'll put out with the trash to be burned." ESV 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. MSG 13 Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. ESV 14 John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" MSG 14 John objected, "I'm the one who needs to be baptized, not you!" ESV 15 But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented. MSG 15 But Jesus insisted. "Do it. God's work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism." So John did it. ESV 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; MSG 16 The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God's Spirit - it looked like a dove - descending and landing on him. ESV 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." MSG 17 And along with the Spirit, a voice: "This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life."

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