1Nowin the fifteenthyear of the reign of TiberiusCaesar,PontiusPilate being governor of Judaea,andHerod being tetrarcha of Galilee,andhisbrotherPhiliptetrarch of Ituraeaand of the region of Trachonitis,andLysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,2AnnasandCaiaphasbeing the high priests, the word of GodcameuntoJohn the son of Zachariasin the wilderness.3And he cameintoall the country aboutJordan,preaching the baptism of repentancefor the remission of sins;4As it is writtenin the book of the words of Esaias the prophet,saying , The voice of one cryingin the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord,makehispathsstraight.5Everyvalley shall befilled , andeverymountainandhill shall be brought low ; and the crooked shall be madestraight,and the roughways shall be madesmooth;6Andallflesh shall see the salvation of God.7Thensaid he to the multitude that came forth to be baptizedofhim, O generation of vipers,who hath warnedyou to fleefrom the wrath to come ?
Bring forththereforefruitsworthy of repentance,andbeginnot to saywithinyourselves, We haveAbraham to our father:for I say unto you,ThatGod is ableofthesestones to raise upchildren unto Abraham.9Andnowalso the axe is laidunto the root of the trees:everytreetherefore which bringethnotforthgoodfruit is hewn down , andcastinto the fire.10And the peopleaskedhim,saying , What shall we dothen?11
He answerethandsaith unto them, He that hathtwocoats, let him impart to him that hathnone;and he that hathmeat, let him dolikewise.12Thencamealsopublicans to be baptized , andsaiduntohim,Master,what shall we do ?
13And he saiduntothem,Exactnomorethan that which is appointedyou.14And the soldierslikewisedemanded of him,saying , Andwhat shall wedo ? And he saiduntothem, Do violenceb to no man,neither accuse any falsely ; and be content with yourwages.15And as the people were in expectation ,cand all menmusedintheirheartsofJohn,whetherhewere the Christ, or not;16Johnanswered , saying unto them all,Iindeedbaptizeyou with water;but one mightier thanIcometh , the latchet of whoseshoes I amnotworthy to unloose : he shall baptizeyouwith the HolyGhostand with fire:17Whosefan is inhishand,and he will throughly purgehisfloor,and will gather the wheatintohisgarner;but the chaff he will burn with fireunquenchable.18Andmanyotherthingsin his exhortationpreached he unto the people.19ButHerod the tetrarch, being reprovedbyhimforHerodiashisbrotherPhilip'swife,andforall the evilswhichHerod had done ,
20Addedyetthisaboveall,that he shut upJohninprison.