The Proclamation of John the Baptist
3:1And in those days cometh John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, saying, 3:2Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3For this is he that was spoken of through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Make ye ready the way of the Lord,
Make his paths straight.
3:4Now John himself had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 3:5Then went out unto him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about the Jordan; 3:6and they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
3:7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said unto them, Ye offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 3:8Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance: 3:9and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 3:10And even now the axe lieth at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
3:11I indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire: 3:12whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing-floor; and he will gather his wheat into the garner, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.
The Baptism of Jesus
3:13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 3:14But John would have hindered him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 3:15But Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffereth him. 3:16And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway from the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him; 3:17and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.