1And in those days John the Baptist publicly appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea, saying,
2“Repent, because the Kingdom of Heaven has drawn near.”
3Indeed this is the one spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, A voice of one calling out in the desert, “Make the road ready for the Lord! Make the paths straight for him!”a
4Now John had clothing made of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
5Then Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him
6and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, openly 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.”
13Then Jesus arrived from Galilee to the Jordan, coming to John to be baptized by him.
14But John tried to prevent him, saying, “I have the need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?”
15But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it now, for in this way it is proper 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 behold, a voice came out of heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”