1 Now in the fifteenth year of the government of Tiberius Cæsar, Pontius Pilate being governor of :Judæa, and Herod being tetrarch of :Galilee, and his :brother Philip tetrarch of the region of :Ituræa and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of :Abeilēnē, 2 in the time of high priest Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 3 And he came into all the region round about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance unto remission of sins; 4 as it is written in the book of Isaiah the prophet’s words,
A voice of one crying 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 brought low;
And the crooked shall become straight, And the rough ways smooth;
6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of :God.
7 He said therefore to the crowds that went out to be baptized of him, Offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of :repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have :Abraham for our father: for I say unto you, that :God can of these :stones raise up children to :Abraham. 9 And even now the axe lieth at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire. 10 And the crowds asked him, saying, What shall we do? 11 And he answered and said to them,
Who hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and who hath food, let him do likewise. 12 And publicans also came to be baptized, and said unto him, Teacher, what shall we do? 13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than what is appointed you. 14 And soldiers also asked him, saying, And what are WE to do? And he said to them, Extort from none, neither accuse wrongfully; and be content with your :wages. 15 And as the people was in expectation, and all were reasoning in their :hearts about :John, whether haply HE were the Christ; 16 John answered, saying to all, I indeed baptize you with water; but the one mightier than I cometh the latchet of whose :shoes I am not fit to unloose: HE shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire: 17 whose :fan is in his :hand, thoroughly to cleanse his :threshing floor, and to gather the grain into his :barn; but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire. 18 With many other exhortations therefore †preached he good tidings to the people; 19 but :Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias the wife of his :brother, and for all the evils which :Herod had done, 20 added this also to them all: he shut up :John in prison.
21 Now it came to pass, when the whole people was :baptized, that Jesus also having been baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy :Spirit descended in bodily form, as a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of heaven, Thou art my :Son the beloved; in thee I am well pleased. 23 And Jesus himself, when he began, was about thirty years old, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, of :Hēlei, 24 of :Matthat, of :Levi, of :Melchei, of :Jannai, of :Joseph, 25 of :Mattathias, of :Amos, of :Nahum, of :Eslei, of :Naggai, 26 of :Maath, of :Mattathias, of :Semeein, of :Jōsēch, of :Jōda, 27 of :Jōanan, of :Rhēsa, of :Zorobabel, of :Salathiel, of :Nērei, 28 of :Melchei, of :Addei, of :Cōsam, of :Elmadam, of :Ēr, 29 of :Jesus, of :Eliezer, of :Jōreim, of :Maththat, of :Levi, 30 of :Symeon, of :Judah, of :Joseph, of :Jōnam, of :Eliakeim, 31 of :Melea, of :Menna, of :Mattatha, of :Natham, of :David, 32 of :Jessai, of :Iobed, of :Boos, of :Sala, of :Naasson, 33 of :Admein, of :Arnei, of :Hezrōn, of :Phares, of :Judah, 34 of :Jacob, of :Isaac, of :Abraham, of :Thara, of :Nachōr, 35 of :Seruch, of :Ragau, of :Phalek, of :Eber, of :Sala, 36 of :Cainam, of :Arphaxad, of :Shēm, of :Noah, of :Lamech, 37 of :Mathusalah, of :Enōch, of :Jaret, of :Maleleēl, of :Cainam, 38 of :Enōs, of :Sēth, of :Adam, of :God.