1 At that time John the Baptist came to the desert of Judea and started preaching.
2 “Turn away from your sins,” he said, “because the Kingdom of Heaven is near!”
3 John was the man the prophet Isaiah was talking about when he said: “Someone is shouting in the desert, ‘Prepare a road for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!’”
4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair; he wore a leather belt round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
5 People came to him from Jerusalem, from the whole province of Judea, and from all the country near the river Jordan.
6 They confessed their sins, and he baptised them in the Jordan.
7 When John saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to him to be baptised, he said to them, “You snakes – who told you that you could escape from the punishment God is about to send?
8 Do those things that will show that you have turned from your sins.
9 And don’t think you can escape punishment by saying that Abraham is your ancestor. I tell you that God can take these stones and make descendants for Abraham!
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