The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As it is written in Esaias, the prophet, Lo! I send mine angel before thy face, that shall make thy way ready before thee.
The voice of a crier in desert, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, make ye his paths right. [The voice of one crying in desert, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, make ye his paths rightful.]
John was in desert baptizing, and preaching the baptism of penance, into remission of sins.
And all the country of Judaea went out to him, and all men of Jerusalem; and they were baptized of him in the flume Jordan [and were baptized of him in the flood of Jordan], acknowledging their sins.
And John was clothed with hairs of camels, and a girdle of skin was about his loins; and he ate honeysuckles, and wild honey, [+And John was clothed with hairs of camel, and a girdle of skin about his loins; and he ate locusts, and wild honey,]
and preached, and said [saying], A stronger than I shall come after me, and I am not worthy to kneel down, and unloose [the thong of] his shoes.
I have baptized you in water; but he shall baptize you in the Holy Ghost.