John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
They had the good sense to perceive that the truth, though sometimes severe and painful, is nevertheless truth, and not to be run away from. As wisely might the sailor on a dangerous coast, befogged in mist and uncertain of the way, close his ears to the fog bell which warns him of the rocks, as for a sinful man to find fault with and avoid the messenger of God, who proclaims that truth by which his soul is saved. Better is it to charge the messenger to hold back nothing. A reasonable soul fears nothing so much as those false delusions of the mind which soothe men's alarms and lull concern to sleep — at last to destroy them.
(A. H. Currier.)
Parallel VersesKJV: John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.