1 In those days came John the Immerser, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying: The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 But the same John had his clothing of camel's hair, and a girdle of leather around his loins, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about the Jordan, 6 and were immersed by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his immersion, he said to them: Generation of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the coining wrath? 8 Bring forth, therefore, fruit worthy of repentance: 9 and think not to say within yourselves, "We have Abraham for our father; for I say to you that God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 10 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees: therefore, every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 I immerse you in water, in order to repentance; but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will immerse you in the Holy Spirit and in fire: 12 whose winnowing-shovel is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his thrashing-floor, and gather his grain into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.
13 Then came Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be immersed by him. 14 But John forbade him, saying: I have need to be immersed by thee, and comest thou to me?
15 But Jesus answering said to him: Permit it now; for thus it be comes us to perform fully every righteous act. Then he permitted him.