15The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16John answered them all, “I baptize you with Or in water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with Or in the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
18And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.