John the Baptist Prepares the Way1
And in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the desert of Judea, saying,
“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
3For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: A voice of one crying out, ‘In the desert prepare the road of Yahweh, in the wilderness make straight a path for our God.a”
4Now this John had clothing made of camel’s hair, and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
Then Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the regions around the Jordan, went out to him,
6and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River, after publicly confessing their sins.
7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath that is about to come?
8Come now, bring forth fruit worthy of repentance,
9and do not think you can say within yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham even from these stones.
10Indeed, the axe is already laid down at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that does not bring forth good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
11I baptize you in water as a symbol of your repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with holy spirit or with fire.
12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing-floor, and he will gather his wheat into the granary, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.”
The Baptism of Jesus13
Then Jesus arrived from Galilee to the Jordan, coming
to John to be baptized by him.
But John tried to prevent him, saying, “I have the
need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?”
But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it
now, for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him.
16And when Jesus had been baptized, immediately as he stepped away from the water, Look!, the heavens were opened to him and he saw the spirit of God descending as a dove and coming upon him,
17and Look!, a voice came out of heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”