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The Escape to Egypt
13 After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph
in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel
said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search
for the child to kill him.”
14 That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother,
15 and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had
spoken through the prophet: “I called my Son out of Egypt.”*
16 Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted
him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were
two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first
appearance. 17 Herod’s brutal action fulfilled what God had spoken through
the prophet Jeremiah:
“A cry was heard in Ramah—
weeping and great mourning.
Rachel weeps for her children,
refusing to be comforted,
for they are dead.”*
The Return to Nazareth
19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph
in Egypt. 20 “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother back to
the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.”
21 So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his
mother. 22 But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son
Archelaus, he was afraid to go there. Then, after being warned in a dream,
he left for the region of Galilee. 23 So the family went and lived in a town
called Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophets had said: “He will be called
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began
preaching. His message was, 2 “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for
the Kingdom of Heaven is near.*” 3 The prophet Isaiah was speaking about
John when he said,
“He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!
Clear the road for him!’ ”*
4 John’s clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather
belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey. 5 People from
Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to
see and hear John. 6 And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them
in the Jordan River.
7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him
baptize,* he denounced them. “You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who
warned you to flee the coming wrath? 8 Prove by the way you live that you
have repented of your sins and turned to God. 9 Don’t just say to each other,
‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I
tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. 10 Even
now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees.
Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and
thrown into the fire.
2:15 Hos 11:1. 2:18 Jer 31:15. 3:2 Or has come, or is coming soon.
version). 3:7 Or coming to be baptized.
3:3 Isa 40:3 (Greek
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