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1.1. John the Baptist Prepares the Way

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,
          “Behold, I send my messenger before your face,

who will prepare your way,

     3     the voice of one crying in the wilderness:

            ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

make his paths straight,’ ”

4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying,
“After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”


Malachi 3: 1 (a prophet of Israel writing around 540 BC) “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me....."
Also: Malachi 4: 5-6  "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction."
Isaiah 40: 3 (a prophet of Israel writing around 710 BC) "A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God."
2 Kings 1: 8 (the second of two books recording the history of the kings of Israel and Judah between 970 BC and 586 BC) In this verse Elijah is being described to King Ahaziah of Israel around 850 BC) "They answered him, “He wore a garment of hair, with a belt of leather about his waist.” And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.” " 

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