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John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1And in those days John the Baptist publicly appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea, saying,
  2“Repent, because the Kingdom of Heaven has drawn near.”
  3Indeed this is the one spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, A voice of one calling out in the desert, “Make the road ready for the Lord! Make the paths straight for him!”a

4Now John had clothing made of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
  5Then Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him
  6and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, openly confessing their sins.

7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
  8Come now, produce fruit that is consistent with repentance,
  9and do not think that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ because I say to you that God is able to produce children of Abraham from these stones.
  10The axe is already laid down at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
  11I baptize you in water as a symbol of your repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I am—I am not even worthy to carry his sandals! He will baptize you with holy spirit or with fire.
  12His winnowing forkb is in his hand, and he will thoroughly clean out his threshing floor, and he will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.”

The Baptism of Jesus

13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan River to be baptized by him.
  14But John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?”
  15But Jesus answered and said to him, “Allow it for now, because this is the proper way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him.
  16And after Jesus had been baptized, immediately as he stepped upc out of the water, behold, the heavens were opened to him and he saw the spirit of God descending as a dove and coming to rest upon him.
  17And behold, a voice came out of heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.”

From Isa. 40:3
A winnowing fork is used to separate the chaff from the grain; it is like a pitchfork but with wide wooden blades.
Lit. “went up”

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