Matthew 3 (KJV)
3 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye:(to reconsider and relent) for the kingdom (rule/ruler, realm) of heaven is at hand.(to make near, approach)
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers (treacherous people), who hath warned (instructed) you to flee (run) from the wrath to come? (impending punishment)
8 Bring forth (in due course) therefore fruits (seize the produce) meet (acceptable) for repentance: (restitution)
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 to raise up children unto Abraham.
(Just because you have the family heritage of Abraham does not make you exclusive to the power of redemption, if YHVH wants people/person in the family He will make it so.)
10 And now also the axe [probably from agnumi “to break”] is laid unto the root (foundation) of the trees (people/nations): therefore every tree (people/nation) which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (refusing to produce the will of YHVH has chosen damnation.)
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. (once you have reconsidered and relented) but he that cometh 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:
*G5266 ὑπόδημα hupodema (hï-po’-d̮ee-ma) n. something bound under the feet
Psalm 110:1 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
12 Whose fan (winnowing fork) is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner (barn); but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil* all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
(*pleroo – to fully supply, satisfy, execute, fully preach, perfect, supply)
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens (power, eternity) were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting
(G2064 ἔρχομαι erchomai (er’-cho-mai) v. accompany, appear) upon him: (this is not a physical bird, this is the character or quality of the bird, ie a gentleness)
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
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