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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Ti·be′ri·us Caesar,* when Pontius Pilate was governor of Ju·de′a, and Herod*+ was district ruler* of Gal′i·lee, but 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, 2 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.+ 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·ro′di·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 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.
^ Or, “the emperor.” Gr., Kai′sa·ros; Lat., Cae′sa·ris.
^ That is, Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great.
^ “District ruler.” Lit., “tetrarch”; a territorial prince for the Roman emperor. Lat., te·trar′cha.
^ See App 1D.
^ Lit., “change of mind.” Gr., me·ta·noi′as.
^ Or, “wages.”
^ See vs 1 ftn, “Ruler.”
^ Or, “was immersed; was dipped.” Gr., ba·pti·sthen′tos.
^ 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.”