Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when 1Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and 2Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
in the high priesthood of 3Annas and 4Caiaphas, 5the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.
And he came into all 6the district around 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, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.
'8EVERY RAVINE WILL BE FILLED, AND EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL WILL BE BROUGHT LOW; THE CROOKED WILL BECOME STRAIGHT, AND THE ROUGH ROADS SMOOTH;
9AND ALL FLESH WILL 10SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD.' "
So he began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, "11You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
"Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and 12do not begin to say to yourselves, '13We have Abraham for our father,' for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.
"Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so 14every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
And the crowds were questioning him, saying, "15Then what shall we do?"
And he would answer and say to them, "The man who has two tunics is to 16share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise."
And some 17tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?"
And he said to them, "Collect no more than what you have been ordered to."
Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, "And what about us, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not take money from anyone by force, or 18accuse anyone falsely, and 19be content with your wages."
Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, 20as to whether he was the Christ,
21John answered and said to them all, "As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
"His 22winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with 23unquenchable fire."
So with many other exhortations he preached the gospel to the people.
But when 24Herod the tetrarch was reprimanded by him because of 25Herodias, his brother's wife, and because of all the wicked things which 26Herod had done,
Herod also added this to them all: 27he locked John up in prison.