1 In those days John the Immerser came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,
2 and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven has drawn near!
3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: The voice of one crying
in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight.
4 And John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather waistband around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him
6 and were immersed by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his immersion, he
said to them, Offspring of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Therefore bring forth fruits worthy of repentance,
9 and do not think 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.
10 And now already the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore any tree which does
not bear good fruit is cut off and thrown into the fire.
11 I indeed immerse you in water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is
mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will immerse you in the Holy
Spirit and fire;
12 whose winnowing shovel is in His hand, and He will thoroughly cleanse His
threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the granary; but He will burn up the chaff with
13 Then Jesus comes from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be immersed by him.
14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, I need to be immersed by You, and do You
come to me?
15 But Jesus answered and said to him, Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us
to fulfill all righteousness. Then he allowed Him.
16 And when He had been immersed, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and
behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a
dove and coming upon Him.
17 And behold a voice out of heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am