3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Ti·beʹri·us Caesar,* when Pontius Pilate was governor of Ju·deʹa, and Herod*+ was district ruler* of Galʹi·lee, but Philip his brother was district ruler of the country of It·u·raeʹa and Trach·o·niʹtis, and Ly·saʹni·as was district ruler of Ab·i·leʹne, 2 in the days of chief priest Anʹnas and of Caʹia·phas,+ God’s declaration came to John+ the son of Zech·a·riʹah in the wilderness.+ 3 So he came into all the country around the Jordan, preaching baptism [in symbol] of repentance for forgiveness of sins,+ 4 just as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “Listen! Someone is crying out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of Jehovah,* YOU people, make his roads straight.+ 5 Every gully must be filled up, and every mountain and hill leveled down, and the curves must become straight ways and the rough places smooth ways;+ 6 and all flesh will see the saving means of God.’”+ 7 Therefore he began to say to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him: “YOU offspring of vipers,+ who has intimated to YOU to flee from the coming wrath?+ 8 Therefore produce fruits that befit repentance.*+ And do not start saying within yourselves, ‘As a father we have Abraham.’ For I say to YOU that God has power to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 9 Indeed, the ax is already in position at the root of the trees; every tree, therefore, not producing fine fruit is to be cut down and thrown into the fire.”+ 10 And the crowds would ask him: “What, then, shall we do?”+ 11 In reply he would say to them: “Let the man that has two undergarments share with the man that has none, and let him that has things to eat do the same.”+ 12 But even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they said to him: “Teacher, what shall we do?”+ 13 He said to them: “Do not demand anything more than the tax rate.”+ 14 Also, those in military service would ask him: “What shall we also do?” And he said to them: “Do not harass anybody or accuse+ anybody falsely, but be satisfied with YOUR provisions.”*+ 15 Now as the people were in expectation and all 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 fit to untie.+ He will baptize YOU people with holy spirit and 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 Therefore he also gave many other exhortations and continued declaring good news to the people. 19 But Herod the district ruler,* for being reproved by him concerning He·roʹdi·as the wife of his brother and concerning all the wicked deeds that Herod did,+ 20 added also this to all those [deeds]: he locked John up in prison.+ 21 Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus+ also was baptized* and, as he was praying, the heaven+ was opened up 22 and the holy spirit in bodily shape 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 Furthermore, Jesus himself, when he commenced [his work],*+ was about thirty+ years old, being the son,+ as the opinion was,*of Joseph,+[son] of Heʹli, 24 [son] of Matʹthat,[son] of Leʹvi,[son] of Melʹchi,[son] of Janʹna·i,[son] of Joseph, 25 [son] of Mat·ta·thiʹas,[son] of Aʹmos,[son] of Naʹhum,[son] of Esʹli,[son] of Nagʹga·i, 26 [son] of Maʹath,[son] of Mat·ta·thiʹas,[son] of Semʹe·in,[son] of Joʹsech,[son] of Joʹda, 27 [son] of Jo·anʹan,[son] of Rheʹsa,[son] of Ze·rubʹba·bel,+[son] of She·alʹti·el,*+[son] of Neʹri, 28 [son] of Melʹchi,[son] of Adʹdi,[son] of Coʹsam,[son] of El·maʹdam,[son] of Er, 29 [son] of Jesus,*[son] of E·li·eʹzer,[son] of Joʹrim,[son] of Matʹthat,[son] of Leʹvi, 30 [son] of Symʹe·on,[son] of Judas,[son] of Joseph,[son] of Joʹnam,[son] of E·liʹa·kim, 31 [son] of Meʹle·a,[son] of Menʹna,[son] of Matʹta·tha,[son] of Nathan,+[son] of David,+ 32 [son] of Jesʹse,+[son] of Oʹbed,*+[son] of Boʹaz,+[son] of Salʹmon,*+[son] of Nahʹshon,+ 33 [son] of Am·minʹa·dab,*+[son] of Arʹni,*+[son] of Hezʹron,+[son] of Peʹrez,+[son] of Judah,+ 34 [son] of Jacob,+[son] of Isaac,+[son] of Abraham,+[son] of Teʹrah,+[son] of Naʹhor,+ 35 [son] of Seʹrug,+[son] of Reʹu,+[son] of Peʹleg,+[son] of Eʹber,+[son] of Sheʹlah,+ 36 [son] of Ca·iʹnan,*[son] of Ar·pachʹshad,+[son] of Shem,+[son] of Noah,+[son] of Laʹmech,+ 37 [son] of Me·thuʹse·lah,+[son] of Eʹnoch,+[son] of Jaʹred,+[son] of Ma·haʹla·le·el,+[son] of Ca·iʹnan,+ 38 [son] of Eʹnosh,+[son] of Seth,+[son] of Adam,+[son] of God.
^ Or, “the emperor.” Gr., Kaiʹsa·ros; Lat., Caeʹsa·ris.
^ That is, Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great.
^ “District ruler.” Lit., “tetrarch”; a territorial prince for the Roman emperor. Lat., te·trarʹcha.
^ See App 1D.
^ Lit., “change of mind.” Gr., me·ta·noiʹas.
^ Or, “wages.”
^ See vs 1 ftn, “Ruler.”
^ Or, “was immersed; was dipped.” Gr., ba·pti·sthenʹtos.
^ Or, “commenced [to teach].”
^ Or, “as it was established by law.”
^ Lit., “Salathiel.”
^ “Jesus,” אBVgSysJ18,22; ASypJ17,21, “Jose(s).”
^ “Jobel,” א*BSys.
^ “Sala,” א*BSys.
^ “Admin,” א; B, “Admein.”