"Don't collect any more than you are required to,"1 he told them.
Then some soldiers asked him, "And what should we do?" He replied, "Don't extort money and don't accuse people falsely2--be content with your pay."
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John3 might possibly be the Christ.a416
John answered them all, "I baptize you withb water.5 But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.617
His winnowing fork7 is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."818
And with many other words John exhorted the people and preached the good news to them.
But when John rebuked Herod9 the tetrarch because of Herodias, his brother's wife, and all the other evil things he had done,
Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.10
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying,11 heaven was opened
and the Holy Spirit descended on him12 in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son,13 whom I love; with you I am well pleased."1423
Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry.15 He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph,16 the son of Heli,