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1 In the fifteenth year of the rule of Caesar Tiberius - it was while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea; Herod, ruler of Galilee; his brother Philip, ruler of Iturea and Trachonitis; Lysanias, ruler of Abilene; 1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar--when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene--
2 during the Chief-Priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas - John, Zachariah's son, out in the desert at the time, received a message from God. 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert.
3 He went all through the country around the Jordan River preaching a baptism of life-change leading to forgiveness of sins, 3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
4 as described in the words of Isaiah the prophet: Thunder in the desert! "Prepare God's arrival! Make the road smooth and straight! 4 As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.
5 Every ditch will be filled in, Every bump smoothed out, The detours straightened out, All the ruts paved over. 5 Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.
6 Everyone will be there to see The parade of God's salvation." 6 And all mankind will see God's salvation.' "
7 When crowds of people came out for baptism because it was the popular thing to do, John exploded: "Brood of snakes! What do you think you're doing slithering down here to the river? Do you think a little water on your snakeskins is going to deflect God's judgment? 7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
8 It's your life that must change, not your skin. And don't think you can pull rank by claiming Abraham as 'father.' Being a child of Abraham is neither here nor there - children of Abraham are a dime a dozen. God can make children from stones if he wants. 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
9 What counts is your life. Is it green and blossoming? Because if it's deadwood, it goes on the fire." 9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."
10 The crowd asked him, "Then what are we supposed to do?" 10 "What should we do then?" the crowd asked.
11 "If you have two coats, give one away," he said. "Do the same with your food." 11 John answered, "The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same."
12 Tax men also came to be baptized and said, "Teacher, what should we do?" 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what should we do?"
13 He told them, "No more extortion - collect only what is required by law." 13 "Don't collect any more than you are required to," he told them.
14 Soldiers asked him, "And what should we do?" He told them, "No shakedowns, no blackmail - and be content with your rations." 14 Then some soldiers asked him, "And what should we do?" He replied, "Don't extort money and don't accuse people falsely--be content with your pay."
15 The interest of the people by now was building. They were all beginning to wonder, "Could this John be the Messiah?" 15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Christ.
16 But John intervened: "I'm baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I'm a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. 16 John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. 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.
17 He's going to clean house - make a clean sweep of your lives. He'll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he'll put out with the trash to be burned." 17 His winnowing fork 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."
18 There was a lot more of this - words that gave strength to the people, words that put heart in them. The Message! 18 And with many other words John exhorted the people and preached the good news to them.
19 But Herod, the ruler, stung by John's rebuke in the matter of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, 19 But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of Herodias, his brother's wife, and all the other evil things he had done,
20 capped his long string of evil deeds with this outrage: He put John in jail. 20 Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.
21 After all the people were baptized, Jesus was baptized. As he was praying, the sky opened up 21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened
22 and the Holy Spirit, like a dove descending, came down on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: "You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life." Son of Adam, Son of God 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
23 When Jesus entered public life he was about thirty years old, the son (in public perception) of Joseph, who was - son of Heli, 23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli,
24 son of Matthat, son of Levi, son of Melchi, son of Jannai, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melki, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,
25 son of Joseph, son of Mattathias, son of Amos, son of Nahum, son of Esli, son of Naggai, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,
26 son of Maath, son of Mattathias, son of Semein, son of Josech, son of Joda, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,
27 son of Joanan, son of Rhesa, son of Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, son of Neri, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,
28 son of Melchi, son of Addi, son of Cosam, son of Elmadam, son of Er, 28 the son of Melki, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,
29 son of Joshua, son of Eliezer, son of Jorim, son of Matthat, son of Levi, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,
30 son of Simeon, son of Judah, son of Joseph, son of Jonam, son of Eliakim, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,
31 son of Melea, son of Menna, son of Mattatha, son of Nathan, son of David, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,
32 son of Jesse, son of Obed, son of Boaz, son of Sala, son of Nahshon, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon,
33 son of Amminadab, son of Admin, son of Arni, son of Hezron, son of Perez, son of Judah, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
34 son of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, son of Terah, son of Nahor, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,
35 son of Serug, son of Reu, son of Peleg, son of Eber, son of Shelah, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,
36 son of Cainan, son of Arphaxad, son of Shem, son of Noah, son of Lamech, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,
37 son of Methuselah, son of Enoch, son of Jared, son of Mahalaleel, son of Cainan, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan,
38 son of Enos, son of Seth, son of Adam, son of God. 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.