1In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea2and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”3This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”4John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.5People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.6Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.9And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.10The 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.11“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.14But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”15Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
1The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God,2as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” —3“a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”4And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.6John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.7And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.8I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.10Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.11And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”12At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness,13and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
16As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.17“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”18At once they left their nets and followed him.19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets.20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
21They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.22The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.23Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out,24“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”25“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!”26The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.27The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”28News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
29As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew.30Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her.31So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.32That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.33The whole town gathered at the door,34and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
35Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.36Simon and his companions went to look for him,37and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”38Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”39So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
40A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”41Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”42Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.43Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning:44“See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”45Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.
1In 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—2during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.3He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.4As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.5Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.6And all people will see God’s salvation.’ ”7John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?8Produce 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.9The 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“What should we do then?” the crowd asked.11John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”12Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”13“Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.14Then 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.”15The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.16John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.17His 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.”18And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.19But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done,20Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.
21When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened22and 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.”23Now 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,24the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melki, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,25the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,26the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josek, the son of Joda,27the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,28the son of Melki, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,29the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,30the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,31the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,32the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon,33the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram,the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,34the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,35the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,36the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,37the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan,38the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.