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Matthew
Chapter 3

3:1 And in those days cometh John the Baptist, proclaiming in the wilderness of Judea,

3:2 and saying, `Reform, for come nigh hath the reign of the heavens,'

3:3 for this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, `A voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, straight make ye His paths.'

3:4 And this John had his clothing of camel's hair, and a girdle of skin round his loins, and his nourishment was locusts and honey of the field.

3:5 Then were going forth unto him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about the Jordan,

3:6 and they were baptized in the Jordan by him, confessing their sins.

3:7 And having seen many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming about his baptism, he said to them, `Brood of vipers! who did shew you to flee from the coming wrath?

3:8 bear, therefore, fruits worthy of the reformation,

3:9 and do not think to say in yourselves, A father we have -- Abraham, for I say to you, that God is able out of these stones to raise children to Abraham,

3:10 and now also, the axe unto the root of the trees is laid, every tree therefore not bearing good fruit is hewn down, and to fire is cast.

3:11 `I indeed do baptize you with water to reformation, but he who after me is coming is mightier than I, of whom I am not worthy to bear the sandals, he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire,

3:12 whose fan `is' in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his floor, and will gather his wheat to the storehouse, but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.'

3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee upon the Jordan, unto John to be baptized by him,

3:14 but John was forbidding him, saying, `I have need by thee to be baptized -- and thou dost come unto me!'

3:15 But Jesus answering said to him, `Suffer now, for thus it is becoming to us to fulfill all righteousness,' then he doth suffer him.

3:16 And having been baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water, and lo, opened to him were the heavens, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him,

3:17 and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, `This is My Son -- the Beloved, in whom I did delight.'

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