“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
“ Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;
For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, “ The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘ Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight!’”
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.
Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “ Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, Who will prepare Your way;
The angel answered and said to her, “ The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.
But of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; And the Most High Himself will establish her.
A voice is calling, “ Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet.”
But shall we say, ‘From men’?”—they were afraid of the people, for everyone considered John to have been a real prophet.
And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.
as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “ The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘ Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
This is the one about whom it is written, ‘ Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, Who will prepare Your way before You.’
He said, “I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”
It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”
You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘ I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’
after John had proclaimed before His coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.”