1 AND in those days came John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2 Change your minds, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying; A voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 And this John had his clothes of camel's hair, and a leather girdle about his loins, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region about the Jordan, 6 and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 And seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come for the baptism, he said to them; Offspring of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruit, therefore, worthy of a change of mind; 9 and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for a father; for I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham; 10 and already the axe lies at the root of the trees; every tree, therefore, which bears not good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water to a change of mind; but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not fit to bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and fire; 12 whose winnowing shovel is in his hand, and he will thoroughly clean his threshing floor, and gather his wheat into the storehouse; but the chaff he will burn with an inextinguishable fire.
13 Then came Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But, he refused him, saying, I have need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?
15 But Jesus answered and said to him, Suffer me now; for thus, it becomes us to complete all righteousness. Then he suffered him;
16 and Jesus being baptized went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descend like a dove and come upon him. 17 And behold, a voice from the heavens, saying, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.