Luke 3:3 and Luke 3:10-14 say:
3John went through the whole area around the Jordan River. He told the people [God's message]. John told them to be baptized* to show that they wanted to change their hearts and lives. Then their sins would be forgiven...10The people asked John, "What should we do?" 11John answered, "If you have two shirts, share with the person that does not have one. If you have food, share that too." 12Even the tax collectors* came to John. They wanted to be baptized.* They said to John, "Teacher, what should we do?"13John said to them, "Don't take more taxes from people than you have been ordered to take." 14The soldiers asked John, "What about us? What should we do?" John said to them, "Don't make people give you money. Don't tell lies about anyone. Be happy with the pay you get." (Easy-to-Read Version)
King James Version: 3And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins...10And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? 11He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. 12Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? 13And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. 14And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
baptize(d) A Greek word meaning to immerse, dip, or bury a person or thing briefly under water. tax collector(s) Jews hired by the Romans to collect taxes. They often cheated, and the other Jews hated them.
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