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1In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiber'i-us Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturae'a and Trachoni'tis, and Lysa'ni-as tetrarch of Abile'ne,The Preaching of John the Baptist Lk.3.1-20 c.29ce | Mt.3.1-12 | Mk.1.1-8 | Jn.1.19-28
2in the high-priesthood of Annas and Ca'iaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechari'ah in the wilderness; 
3and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 
4As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
"The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
- The voice of one crying in the wilderness Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Lk.3.4-6 | Is.40.3-5
5Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be brought low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
 
6and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." 
7He said therefore to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 
8Bear fruits that befit repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 
9Even 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." 
10And the multitudes asked him, "What then shall we do?" 
11And he answered them, "He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise." 
12Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?" 
13And he said to them, "Collect no more than is appointed you." 
14Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Rob no one by violence or by false accusation, and be content with your wages." 
15As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ, 
16John answered them all, "I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 
17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." 
18So, with many other exhortations, he preached good news to the people. 
19But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Hero'di-as, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 
20added this to them all, that he shut up John in prison. 

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