1Now in the fifteenthyear of the reign of TiberiusCaesar, when 1PontiusPilate was governor of Judea, and 2Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brotherPhilip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
in the highpriesthood of 3Annas and 4Caiaphas, 5the word of Godcame to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.
And he came into all6the districtaround the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins;
as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, "7THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKEREADY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHSSTRAIGHT.
'8EVERYRAVINE WILL BE FILLED, AND EVERYMOUNTAIN AND HILL WILL BE aBROUGHTLOW; THE CROOKED WILL BECOMESTRAIGHT, AND THE ROUGHROADSSMOOTH;
69AND ALLbFLESH WILL 10SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD.' "