II. The King's Anointing
1 Now in those days 1aJohn the Baptist appeared, preaching in the 2bwilderness of Judea
2 And saying, 1aRepent, for the 2bkingdom of the heavens has 3drawn near.
3 For this is he who was spoken of through Isaiah the prophet, saying, a"A voice of one crying in the 1wilderness, 2bPrepare the way of the Lord; 2make straight His paths.''
4 Now this John had his garment of 1acamel's hair and a bleather girdle around his loins, and his food was 1clocusts and wild honey.
5 At that time aJerusalem and all Judea and all the surrounding region of the bJordan went out to him,
6 And they were 1abaptized by him in the 2bJordan River as they cconfessed their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the 1aPharisees and 2bSadducees coming to his cbaptism, he said to them, Offspring of dvipers, who prompted you to flee from the coming ewrath?
8 Produce then fruit aworthy of your repentance.
9 And do not presume to say within yourselves, We have aAbraham as our father; for I tell you that God is able, out of these bstones, to 1raise up cchildren to Abraham.
10 And already the axe is laid at the root of the trees. Every atree therefore that does not produce good fruit is cut down and cast into the bfire.
11 I baptize you in awater unto brepentance, but cHe who is coming after me is stronger than I, whose dsandals I am not worthy to carry. He Himself will baptize you in the Holy eSpirit and 1ffire,
12 Whose awinnowing fan is in His hand. And He will thoroughly cleanse His threshing floor and will bgather His 1wheat into His barn, but the 1chaff He will burn up with unquenchable cfire.