The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
A preacher should, if possible, be nothing but a voice, which should be always heard and never seen to cry is to preach with such force as is worthy of the truth, without lowering the voice through complaisance. To this end he must not be a man of the world, but one who comes, as it were, out of the wilderness, without relations, without friends, without secular engagements, which may thwart and obstruct his ministry. The first man who appears in the gospel is one entirely dedicated to repentance: the first example and the first precept are an example and a precept of repentance — so necessary is this to salvation l
Parallel VersesKJV: The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.