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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible


Luke 3:1-38


  • Starting point of John’s work (1, 2)

  • John preaches baptism (3-20)

  • The baptism of Jesus (21, 22)

  • Genealogy of Jesus Christ (23-38)

3  In the 15th year of the reign of Ti·be′ri·us Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Ju·de′a, Herod*+ was district ruler* of Gal′i·lee, Philip his brother was district ruler of the country of It·u·rae′a and Trach·o·ni′tis, and Ly·sa′ni·as was district ruler of Ab·i·le′ne,  in the days of chief priest An′nas and of Ca′ia·phas,+ God’s declaration came to John+ the son of Zech·a·ri′ah in the wilderness.+  So he went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching baptism in symbol of repentance for forgiveness of sins,+  just as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of Jehovah!* Make his roads straight.+  Every valley must be filled up, and every mountain and hill leveled; the crooked ways must become straight, and the rough ways smooth;  and all flesh* will see the salvation of God.’”*+  So he began to say to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him: “You offspring of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the coming wrath?+  Therefore, produce fruits that befit repentance. Do not start saying to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones.  Indeed, the ax is already lying at the root of the trees. Every tree, then, that does not produce fine fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”+ 10  And the crowds were asking him: “What, then, should we do?” 11  In reply he said to them: “Let the man who has two garments* share with the man who has none, and let the one who has something to eat do the same.”+ 12  Even tax collectors came to be baptized,+ and they said to him: “Teacher, what should we do?” 13  He said to them: “Do not demand* anything more than the tax rate.”+ 14  Also, those in military service were asking him: “What should we do?” And he said to them: “Do not harass* anybody or accuse anybody falsely,+ but be satisfied with your provisions.”* 15  Now the people were in expectation and all of them were reasoning in their hearts about John, “May he perhaps be the Christ?”+ 16  John gave the answer, saying to all: “I, for my part, baptize you with water, but the one stronger than I am is coming, the lace of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.+ He will baptize you with holy spirit and with fire.+ 17  His winnowing shovel is in his hand to clean up his threshing floor completely and to gather the wheat into his storehouse, but the chaff he will burn up with fire that cannot be put out.” 18  He also gave many other exhortations and continued declaring good news to the people. 19  But Herod the district ruler, because of being reproved by John concerning He·ro′di·as the wife of his brother and concerning all the wicked deeds that Herod had done, 20  added this also to all those deeds: He locked John up in prison.+ 21  Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus too was baptized.+ As he was praying, the heaven was opened up,+ 22  and the holy spirit in bodily form like a dove came down upon him, and a voice came out of heaven: “You are my Son, the beloved; I have approved you.”+ 23  When Jesus+ began his work, he was about 30 years old,+ being the son, as the opinion was, of Joseph,+ son of He′li, 24  son of Mat′that, son of Le′vi, son of Mel′chi, son of Jan′na·i, son of Joseph, 25  son of Mat·ta·thi′as, son of A′mos, son of Na′hum, son of Es′li, son of Nag′ga·i, 26  son of Ma′ath, son of Mat·ta·thi′as, son of Sem′e·in, son of Jo′sech, son of Jo′da, 27  son of Jo·an′an, son of Rhe′sa, son of Ze·rub′ba·bel,+ son of She·al′ti·el,+ son of Ne′ri, 28  son of Mel′chi, son of Ad′di, son of Co′sam, son of El·ma′dam, son of Er, 29  son of Jesus, son of E·li·e′zer, son of Jo′rim, son of Mat′that, son of Le′vi, 30  son of Sym′e·on, son of Judas, son of Joseph, son of Jo′nam, son of E·li′a·kim, 31  son of Me′le·a, son of Men′na, son of Mat′ta·tha, son of Nathan,+ son of David,+ 32  son of Jes′se,+ son of O′bed,+ son of Bo′az,+ son of Sal′mon,+ son of Nah′shon,+ 33  son of Am·min′a·dab, son of Ar′ni, son of Hez′ron, son of Pe′rez,+ son of Judah,+ 34  son of Jacob,+ son of Isaac,+ son of Abraham,+ son of Te′rah,+ son of Na′hor,+ 35  son of Se′rug,+ son of Re′u,+ son of Pe′leg,+ son of E′ber,+ son of She′lah,+ 36  son of Ca·i′nan, son of Ar·pach′shad,+ son of Shem,+ son of Noah,+ son of La′mech,+ 37  son of Me·thu′se·lah,+ son of E′noch, son of Ja′red,+ son of Ma·ha′la·le·el,+ son of Ca·i′nan,+ 38  son of E′nosh,+ son of Seth,+ son of Adam,+ son of God.


That is, Herod Antipas. See Glossary.
Lit., “the tetrarch.”
Or “all humans.”
Or “the saving means of God.”
Or “an extra garment.”
Or “collect.”
Or “extort from.”
Or “wages.”

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