He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”
I commend to you this stunning poem by Lucille Clifton.
As well as these portraits of John the Baptist by Kehinde Wiley:
Iconic John the Baptist (John is the second to the last image in the rotation)
Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness