And in the fifteenth year of the government of Tiberius Caesar -- Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother, tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene --
Annas and Caiaphas being chief priests -- there came a word of God unto John the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness,
and he came to all the region round the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of reformation -- to remission of sins,
as it hath been written in the scroll of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, `A voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, straight make ye His paths;
every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straightness, and the rough become smooth ways;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'