1 In those days John the Baptist appeared, and preached in the desert of Judea. 2 "Repent!" he said, "for the Kingdom of Heaven is coming!" 3 It was he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, when he said, "Hark! Someone is shouting in the desert, 'Get the Lord's way ready! Make his paths straight!' "
4 John wore clothing made of hair cloth, and he had a leather belt around his waist, and he lived on dried locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole Jordan valley went out to him, 6 and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River, in acknowledgment of their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the wrath that is coming? 8 Then produce fruit that will be consistent with your professed repentance! 9 Do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our forefather,' for I tell you God can produce descendants for Abraham right out of these stones! 10 But the axe is already lying at the roots of the trees. Any tree that fails to produce good fruit is going to be cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 I am baptizing you in water in token of your repentance, but he who is coming after me is stronger than I am, and I am not fit to carry his shoes. He will baptize you in the holy Spirit and in fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clean up his threshing-floor, and store his wheat in his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with inextinguishable fire."
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan, to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John dissuaded him, and said, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
15 But Jesus answered, "Let it be so this time, for it is right for us to do everything that God requires." Then John consented.