Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Yehudah, and Herod being tetrarch of the Galil, and his brother Pilipos tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,
in the Kohanim Gedolim of Anan and Kayafa, the word of God came to Yochanan, the son of Zekharyah, in the wilderness.
He came into all the region around the Yarden, preaching the immersion of repentance to remission of sins.
As it is written in the book of the words of Yesha`yahu the prophet, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight.
Every valley will be filled. Every mountain and hill will be brought low. The crooked will become straight, And the rough ways smooth.
All flesh will see God's salvation.'"