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John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Luke 3:7-9 NRSV

Luke 3:7-18

Luke 3:7-18

The Brood and the Branch

John and the "brood of vipers"

Audio Telling (Told by Tracy Radosevic)

Story in Episodes

Audio Commentary

Written Commentary

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