3 Now in the fifteenth year of the supremacy of Tiberius Caesar,—Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrarch of Ituraea and the country of Trachonitis, and Lysanius tetrarch of Abylene,—
2 in the High-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas came a word of God unto John the son of Zechariah in the desert;
3 and he came into all the country about the Jordan, proclaiming an immersion of repentance into remission of sins:
4 as it is written in the book of the discourses of Isaiah the prophet:—A voice of one crying aloud! In the desert prepare ye the way of the Lord, Straight be making his paths;
5 Every chasm shall be filled up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And the crooked places shall become straight, And the rugged places smooth ways;—
6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
7 He was saying therefore unto the multitudes who were going forth to be immersed by him—Broods of vipers! who suggested to you to flee from the coming wrath?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to be saying within yourselves—As our father we have Abraham; For I say unto you—God is able out of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
9 And already even the axe unto the root of the trees is being laid; every tree therefore not bringing forth [good] fruit is to be hewn down and into fire to be cast.
10 And the multitude began to question him saying—What then shall we do?
11 And answering he said unto them—He that hath two tunics let him share with him that hath none, and he that hath food in like manner let him be doing.
12 And there came even tax-collectors to be immersed; and they said unto him—Teacher! what shall we do?
13 And he said unto them—Nothing more than what is appointed you exact ye.
14 Then were questioning him soldiers also saying—What shall even we do? And he said unto them—Molest ye no one, neither accuse falsely; and be content with your supplies.
15 Now as the people were in expectation, and all were deliberating in their hearts concerning John,—whether by any means he might be the Christ
16 John answered saying unto all—I indeed with water am immersing you, but he that is mightier than I cometh, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to unloose,—he will immerse you in Holy Spirit and fire:
17 whose fan is in his hand, to clear out his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff will he burn up with fire unquenchable.
18 So then indeed as to many things and various he exhorted and continued telling his glad-message unto the people.
19 But Herod the tetrarch being reproved by him concerning Herodias, the wife of his brother, and concerning all the wicked things Herod had done
20 added this also unto all,—he locked up John in prison.
21 Now it came to pass when one and all the people were immersed Jesus also having been immersed and being at prayer, heaven was opened;
22 and the Holy Spirit descended in bodily appearance as a dove, upon him,—and a voice out of heaven came—Thou art my Son the Beloved, in thee I delight.
23 And Jesus himself was when he began about thirty years of age, being the son as was supposed—of Joseph, of Heli:
24 of Matthat, of Levi, of Melchi,—of Jannai, of Joseph:
25 of Mattathias, of Amos, of Nahum,—of Esli, of Naggai:
26 of Maath, of Mattathias, of Semein,—of Josech, of Joda:
27 of Joanan, of Rhesa, of Zerubbabel,—of Salathiel, of Neri:
28 of Melchi, of Addi, of Cosam,—of Elmadam, of Er:
29 of Jesus, of Eliezer, of Jorim,—of Matthat, of Levi:
30 of Symeon, of Judas, of Joseph,—of Jonam, of Eliakim:
31 of Melea, of Menna, of Mattatha,—of Natham, of David:
32 of Jesse, of Obed, of Boaz,—of Salmon, of Nashon:
33 of Amminadab, of Arni, of Hezron,—of Perez, of Judah:
34 of Jacob, of Isaac, of Abraham,—of Terah, of Nahor:
35 of Serug, of Reu, of Peleg,—of Eber, of Shelah:
36 of Cainan, of Arphaxad, of Shem,—of Noah, of Lamech:
37 of Methuselah, of Enoch, of Jared,—of Mahalaleel, of Cainan:
38 of Enos, of Seth,—of Adam; of God.