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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Matthew 3:1-17

3  In those days John* the Baptist*+ came preaching* in the wilderness+ of Ju·de′a,  saying: “REPENT,+ for the kingdom of the heavens* has drawn near.”+  This, in fact, is the one spoken of through Isaiah the prophet+ in these words: “Listen! Someone is crying out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare+ the way of Jehovah,* YOU people! Make his roads straight.’”  But this very John had his clothing of camel’s hair+ and a leather girdle*+ around his loins; his food too was insect locusts+ and wild honey.+  Then Jerusalem* and all Ju·de′a and all the country around the Jordan made their way out to him,  and people were baptized by him in the Jordan River,+ openly confessing their sins.  When he caught sight of many of the Pharisees and Sadducees+ coming to the baptism, he said to them: “YOU offspring of vipers,+ who has intimated to YOU to flee from the coming wrath?+  So then produce fruit that befits repentance;*+  and do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘As a father we have Abraham.’+ For I say to YOU that God is able to raise up children to Abraham+ from these stones. 10  Already the ax+ is lying at the root of the trees; every tree, then, that does not produce fine fruit is to be cut down+ and thrown into the fire.+ 11  I, for my part, baptize* YOU with water+ because of YOUR repentance;+ but the one coming+ after me is stronger than I am, whose sandals I am not fit to take off.+ That one will baptize YOU people with holy spirit*+ and with fire.+ 12  His winnowing shovel is in his hand, and he will completely clean up his threshing floor, and will gather his wheat into the storehouse,+ but the chaff he will burn+ up with fire that cannot be put out.” 13  Then Jesus came from Gal′i·lee+ to the Jordan to John, in order to be baptized+ by him. 14  But the latter tried to prevent him, saying: “I am the one needing to be baptized by you, and are you coming to me?” 15  In reply Jesus said to him: “Let it be, this time, for in that way it is suitable for us to carry out all that is righteous.”+ Then he quit preventing him. 16  After being baptized Jesus immediately came up from the water; and, look! the heavens were opened up,+ and he saw descending like a dove+ God’s spirit coming upon him.+ 17  Look! Also, there was a voice+ from the heavens that said: “This is my Son,+ the beloved,+ whom I have approved.”+


“John.” Gr., I·o·a′nes; J1-14,16-18,22(Heb.), Yoh·cha·nan′, “Johanan,” meaning “Jehovah Has Shown Favor; Jehovah Has Been Gracious.”
Or, “the Immerser; the Dipper.” Gr., ho Ba·pti·stes′; J17,22(Heb.), ham·Mat·bil′.
Or, “heralding.” Gr., ke·rys′son; Lat., prae′di·cans.
“Kingdom of the heavens.” Gr., ba·si·lei′a ton ou·ra·non′; Lat., re′gnum cae·lo′rum; J22(Heb.), mal·khuth′ sha·ma′yim.
See App 1D.
Or, “belt.”
Meaning “Possession [or, Foundation] of Twofold Peace.” Gr., I·e·ro·so′ly·ma; J22(Heb.), Yeru·sha·la′yim.
Lit., “change of mind.” Gr., me·ta·noi′as.
Or, “immerse; dip.” Gr., ba·pti′zo.
Or, “active force.” Gr., pneu′ma·ti; Lat., spi′ri·tu; J17,18,22(Heb.), beru′ach, “with active force.” See Ge 1:2 ftn, “Force.”