3 1Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius
Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his
brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and
Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,
2in the highpriesthood of Annas and
Caiaphas, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the
3And he came into all the region round about the Jordan,
preaching the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins;
4as it is
written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, The voice of one
crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths
5Every valley shall be filled, And every mountain and hill
shall be brought low; And the crooked shall become straight, And the rough
6And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
therefore to the multitudes that went out to be baptized of him, Ye offspring
of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within
yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is
able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
9And even now the
axe also lieth at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that bringeth
not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
multitudes asked him, saying, What then must we do?
11And he answered and
said unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none;
and he that hath food, let him do likewise.
12And there came also
publicans to be baptized, and they said unto him, Teacher, what must we do?
13And he said unto them, Extort no more than that which is appointed you.
14And soldiers also asked him, saying, And we, what must we do? And he
said unto them, Extort from no man by violence, neither accuse any
one wrongfully; and be content with your wages.
15And as the people
were in expectation, and all men reasoned in their hearts concerning John,
whether haply he were the Christ;
16John answered, saying unto them all,
I indeed baptize you with water; but there cometh he that is mightier than I,
the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you
in the Holy Spirit and in fire:
17whose fan is in his hand,
thoroughly to cleanse his threshing-floor, and to gather the wheat into his
garner; but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.
other exhortations therefore preached he good tidings unto the people;
19but Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his
brother's wife, and for all the evil things which Herod had done,
this also to them all, that he shut up John in prison.
21Now it came to
pass, when all the people were baptized, that, Jesus also having been
baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
22and the Holy Spirit
descended in a bodily form, as a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of
heaven, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
himself, when he began to teach, was about thirty years of age, being
the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi,
the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,
of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the
son of Esli, the son of Naggai,
26the son of
Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the
son of Josech, the son of Joda,
27the son of
Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the
son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,
28the son of
Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of
Elmadam, the son of Er,
29the son of Jesus, the
son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the
son of Levi,
30the son of Symeon, the son of
Judas, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son
31the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the
son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,
32the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of
Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon,
son of Amminadab, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron,
the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
34the son of
Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son
of Terah, the son of Nahor,
35the son of Serug, the
son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the
son of Shelah
36the son of Cainan, the son of
Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son
37the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the
son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of
38the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the
son of Adam, the son of God.