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And do not think that you may say within[a] yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father’. For I say to you that God is able to raise-up children for Abraham from these stones! 10 And the axe is already lying[b] at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree not producing good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 I am baptizing you with[c] water for repentance, but the One coming after me is more powerful than me, of Whom I am not fit to carry the sandals. He will baptize you with[d] the Holy Spirit and fire[e]

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 3:9 Or, among.
  2. Matthew 3:10 Or, being laid.
  3. Matthew 3:11 Or, in.
  4. Matthew 3:11 Or, in.
  5. Matthew 3:11 This fire of judgment may be with regard to unbelievers, the chaff mentioned next, or with regard to the purifying work of the Spirit on believers.

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