And in those days cometh John the Baptist, proclaiming in the wilderness of Judea,
and saying, `Reform, for come nigh hath the reign of the heavens,'
for this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, `A voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, straight make ye His paths.'
And this John had his clothing of camel's hair, and a girdle of skin round his loins, and his nourishment was locusts and honey of the field.
Then were going forth unto him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about the Jordan,
and they were baptized in the Jordan by him, confessing their sins.
And having seen many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming about his baptism, he said to them, `Brood of vipers! who did shew you to flee from the coming wrath?
bear, therefore, fruits worthy of the reformation,
and do not think to say in yourselves, A father we have -- Abraham, for I say to you, that God is able out of these stones to raise children to Abraham,
and now also, the axe unto the root of the trees is laid, every tree therefore not bearing good fruit is hewn down, and to fire is cast.