1Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,
2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zechariah, in the desert.
3And he went into the whole region around the Jordan, preaching baptism as a sign of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
4as it is written in the scroll of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling out in the desert, ‘Make ready the road of the Lord! Make his paths straight!’
5Every valley will be filled and every mountain and hill will be made low, and the crooked will become straight, and the rough ways smooth,
6and all flesh will see the salvation of God.”a
7So he began saying to the multitudes that went out to be baptized by him, “You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8Come now, bring forth fruit worthy of repentance. And do not begin to say within yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I say to you, that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
9Indeed, 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.”
10And the multitudes were asking him, saying, “What then should we do?”
11And he answered them and said, “The one who has two coats, let him give one to him who has none, and the one who has food, let him do likewise.”
12And tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?”
13And he said to them, “Collect no more than what you have been ordered to.”
14And soldiers also asked him, saying, “And we, what should we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats, neither accuse any one wrongfully, and be content with your wages.”
15And while the people were filled with expectation, and everyone was questioning in their hearts concerning John, if he was the Christ,
16John answered, saying to them all, “I indeed baptize you in water, but the one who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with holy spirit or with fire.
17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to thoroughly cleanse his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.”
18So then indeed, exhorting regarding many and various subjects, he proclaimed good news to the people.
19But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him on account of Herodias (his brother’s wife), and for all the evil things that Herod had done,
20added this also to them all—he locked up John in prison.
21Now it came to pass when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also was baptized, and as he was praying, the heavens were opened
22and the holy spirit descended onto him in a bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.”
23And Jesus himself, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as it was assumed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
24the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,
25the son 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 of Eliakim,
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,
33the 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 of Lamech,
37the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan,
38the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.