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Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent.(original means 'to understand'; to understand what? To think on your life so as to understand what you are here on earth for, as most people involved in the physical life seldom give this much if any, thought; in other words, don't just go through a non thinking life, but apply your mind as to why it is that you are here).you for the kingdom of heaven is at hand..(when? now!.1Timothy 2:4)

Matthew 3:3 For this is he.(who?.Matthew 11:14).that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias.(Isaiah; Esaias is the Greek form for the name  Isaiah).saying The voice of one crying in the wilderness Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.(that is, prepare yourself by wanting to change your life for what the Lord would make possible when He comes).

Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment.(clothing).of camel's hair and a leathern girdle.(like a purse or knapsack).about his loins and his meat.(food).was locusts and wild honey.

This was food and clothing of the most humble kind. The idea of the verse is, that, like his great prototype.Elijah, John the Baptist led a life of austerity and self-denial. More on John the Baptist.

Matthew 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judaea and all the region round about Jordan,

Matthew 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins..(they wanted change to something better and believed in He who was to come after John the Baptist and that this Emmanuel was the something better)

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them O generation of vipers who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet.(fit).for repentance.(*)..

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father. For I say unto you, that God is able of these stones.(Luke 19:40).to raise up children unto Abraham.

Matthew 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. But he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire..(what's this mean?)

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand and he will throughly purge his floor and gather his wheat into the garner, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Matthew 3:13 Then came Emmanuel from Galilee to Jordan unto John to be baptized of him.

Matthew 3:14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of you and you come to me?

Matthew 3:15 And Emmanuel answering said unto him, Suffer.(original means 'allow'').it to be so now. For thus it becomes us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

Matthew 3:16 And Emmanuel, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water. And lo, the heavens were opened unto him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him.

Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased..(?)
 


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