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Matthew 3

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1While Jesus was still in Nazareth town, John, whom the people called the Baptizer, went to a desolate place in Judea district.
2He was preaching to the people who came there. He kept saying, “ You need to turn away from your sinful behavior, because God MET will soon begin to rule over people, and he will reject you if you do not turn away from your sinful life.”
3John was the person who fulfilled what was said by Isaiah the prophet {what Isaiah the prophet predicted when he said}, long ago: In a desolate area ◄ people will hear someone/someone will be heard► shouting to the people who pass by, Prepare yourselves to receive the Lord when he comes! Make yourselves ready so that you will be prepared when he comes MET, DOU, just like people improve and straighten out the road for an important official!
4John wore coarse clothing made from camel's hair. And as the prophet Elijah did long ago, he wore a leather belt around his waist. His food was only grasshoppers and honey that he found in that desolate area.
5People who lived in Jerusalem city MTY, many HYP people who lived in other places in Judea district MTY, and many HYP people who lived in the area around the Jordan River MTY came to John to hear him preach.
6After they heard him tell them to turn away from their sinful behavior, they openly confessed their sins, and as a result they were baptized by John {John baptized them} in the Jordan River.
7After John noted that many men of the Pharisee religious group and of the Sadducee religious group were coming to him to be baptized {in order that he would baptize them}, he said to them, “You people are evil like poisonous snakes MET! I warn you that God will some day punish MTY everyone who sins. ◄And do not think that you can escape from his punishing you MTY if you do not turn from your sinful behavior!/Did someone tell you that you can escape from his punishing you MTY if you do not turn from your sinful behavior?► RHQ
8Do what is appropriate IDM for people who have truly turned away from their sinful behavior before you come to me in order to be baptized { that I baptize you}.
9God promised to give Abraham many descendants. In order to fulfill that promise, God does not need you! I tell you that he can change these stones to make them descendants of Abraham. So do not start to say to yourselves, ‘Since we are descendants of our ancestor Abraham, God will not punish us even though we have sinned.’
10God is ready to punish you if you do not turn away from your sinful behavior, just like a man who lays his axe at the roots of a fruit tree in order to chop it down and throw it into the fire if it does not produce good fruit MET.”
11“As for me, I am not very important, because I baptize you only with water. I baptize you because of your feeling sorry that you have sinned. But someone else will come soon who is very great; he will do powerful deeds (OR, act powerfully). Because he is superior to me, I am not worthy even to do a menial task for him, such as to carry his sandals. He will put his Holy Spirit within you to truly change the way you live MET, and he will judge others of you and punish you in the fire in hell.
12He is like a farmer who wants to clear away the grain that is on the ground where it has been threshed { they have threshed it}. That farmer uses a huge fork to throw the grain into the air to separate the wheat from the chaff MET, and then he cleans up the threshing area. Similarly, God will separate righteous people from the evil people like a farmer who gathers the wheat into his storage area, and then God will burn the people who are like chaff with a fire that will never be put out MET.”
13During that time, Jesus went from Galilee District to the Jordan River, where John was. He did that in order to be baptized by John {in order to ask that John would baptize him}.
14When Jesus asked John to baptize him, John objected, saying, “I need to be baptized by you {you to baptize me} because you are superior to me. Since you are not a sinner, ◄ you(sg) should not come to me to be baptized by me { to ask that I baptize you(sg)}!/why do you come to me to be baptized by me { ask that I baptize you(sg)} RHQ?►”
15But Jesus said to him, “Baptize me at this time, because in this way we two will do everything that God requires.” Then John consented to baptize him.
16After he was baptized {John baptized Jesus}, Jesus immediately came up out of the water. Just then, it was as though the sky was opened {split apart}. Then Jesus saw God's Spirit coming down upon him. He came in the form of a dove.
17Then God SYN spoke from heaven, saying, “This is my Son. I love him. I am very pleased with him.”