1 In those days John the Baptist came, and preached in the wilderness of Jewry, 2 saying, "Repent: the kingdom of heaven is at hand." 3 This is he of whom it is spoken by the Prophet Isaiah, which sayeth, "The voice of a crier in wilderness, 'Prepare the Lord's way and make his paths straight.'"
4 This John had his garment of camel's hair, and a girdle of a skin about his loins; his meat was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Jewry, and all the regions round about Jordan, 6 and were baptised of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 When he saw many of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, "O generation of vipers, who hath taught you to flee from the vengeance to come? 8 Bring forth therefore the fruits belonging to repentance: 9 And see that you think not to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father': for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 Even now is the axe put unto the root of the trees: so that every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I baptise you in water in token of repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptise you with the holy ghost and with fire: 12 Which hath also his fan in his hand, and will purge his floor, and gather the wheat into His garner; and will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire."
13 Then came Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptised of him. 14 But John forbad him, saying, "I ought to be baptised of thee, and comest thou to me?"
15 Jesus answered and said to him, "Let it be so now, for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, as soon as he was baptized, came straight out of the water: And, lo, heaven was opened over him, and John saw the spirit of God descend, like a dove, and light upon him: 17 And, lo, there came a voice from heaven, saying, "This is that, my beloved son, in whom is my delight."