And in those days John the Baptist came, proclaiming in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
Truly I tell you, among those who are born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.
They said, "Some say John the Baptist, some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."
There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.
Now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as he spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the LORD spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. Now, behold, I am eighty-five years old, today.
In the wilderness, Beth Arabah, Middin, Secacah,
The children of the Kenite, Moses' brother-in-law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which is in the south of Arad; and they went and lived with the people.
The voice of one who calls out, "Prepare the way of the LORD in the wilderness. Make a level highway in the desert for our God.
Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of repentance,
And as these went their way, Jesus began to say to the crowds concerning John, "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
and said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist. He is risen from the dead. That is why these powers work in him."
but I tell you that Elijah has come already, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted to. Even so the Son of Man will also suffer by them."
The baptism of John, where was it from? From heaven or from man?" They reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask us, 'Why then did you not believe him?'
For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. When you saw it, you did not even repent afterward, that you might believe him.
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight.'"
and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is near. Repent, and believe in the Good News."
But Herod, when he heard this, said, "This is John, whom I beheaded. He has risen."
But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your request has been heard, and your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to make ready his ways,
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,
When John's messengers had departed, he began to tell the crowds about John, "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
John testified about him. He shouted out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.'"
John answered, "A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given to him from heaven.
beginning from the baptism of John, to the day that he was received up from us, of these one must become a witness with us of his resurrection."
before his coming, when John had first preached the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
He said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They said, "Into John's baptism."