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3 And in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the Trachonite Iturean country and Lysanias tetrarch of the Abilene, 2 in the high-priesthood of Hannas and Caiaphas, the word of God came upon Zachariah’s son John in the wilderness; 3 and he came to all the region of the Jordan proclaiming baptism for repentance to the pardoning of sins, 4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah “The voice of one calling out in the wilderness ‘Get ready the Lord’s road, make his thoroughfares straight; 5 every ravine shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low, and the crooked shall become straight roads and the rough ones smooth, 6 and all flesh shall see God’s salvation.’” 7 So he said to the crowds that went out to be baptized by him “Spawn of vipers, who has given you notice to flee from the future wrath? 8 Produce fruits appropriate to repentance, then, and do not begin to say to yourselves ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I tell you God can raise up children to Abraham out of these stones. 9 And the ax is already lying at the root of the trees too, so every tree that does not produce good fruit is to be cut out and thrown into a fire.” 10 And the crowds put the question to him “Then what shall we do?” 11 and he answered them “Let him who has two shirts share with him who has none, and let him who has eatables do likewise.” 12 And customhouse officers too came to be baptized, and said to him “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 and he said to them “Do not demand any more than is prescribed to you.” 14 And enlisted men too put the question to him “And we, what shall we do?” and he said to them “Do not intimidate nor blackmail anybody, and be content with your pay.” 15 And while the people were in expectation and all were inwardly questioning about John whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered by saying to all “I am baptizing you with water, but he who is stronger than I is coming, whose shoestring I am not fit to untie; he will baptize you with Holy Spirit and fire— 17 he whose winnowingfork is in his hand to clean up his threshing-floor and gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn up with inextinguishable fire.” 18 Much more exhortation he gave as he preached the gospel to the people; 19 but the tetrarch Herod, being reproved by him about Herodias his brother’s wife and about all the wicked things that Herod did, 20 added to the whole this one more—he shut up John in prison. 21 But when, upon the baptizing of the entire people, Jesus also was baptized and was praying, the sky opened 22 and the Holy Spirit came down upon him in bodily form like a dove, and there was a voice out of the sky “You are my dear son, in you I take pleasure.” 23 And he, Jesus, was beginning to be about thirty years old, being the son, as was supposed, of Joseph the son of Eli 24 the son of Mattath the son of Levi the son of Melchi the son of Jannai the son of Joseph 25 the son of Mattathiah the son of Amos the son of Nahum the son of Hesli the son of Naggai 26 the son of Mahath the son of Mattathiah the son of Shimei the son of Jose the son of Jodah 27 the son of Johanan the son of Resha the son of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel the son of Neri 28 the son of Melchi the son of Addi the son of Kosam the son of Elmadam the son of Er 29 the son of Jeshua the son of Eliezer the son of Jorim the son of Mattath the son of Levi 30 the son of Symeon the son of Judah the son of Joseph the son of Jonam the son of Eliakim 31 the son of Maleah the son of Menna the son of Mattatha the son of Nathan the son of David 32 the son of Jesse the son of Obed the son of Boaz the son of Salmon the son of Nahshon 33 the son of Amminadab the son of Aram the son of Hesron the son of Peres the son of Judah 34 the son of Jacob the son of Isaac the son of Abraham the son of Terah the son of Nahor 35 the son of Serug the son of Reghu the son of Peleg the son of Eber the son of Shelah 36 the son of Kenan the son of Arpachshad the son of Shem the son of Noah the son of Lamech 37 the son of Methuselah the son of Enoch the son of Jared the son of Mahalaleel the son of Cainan 38 the son of Enosh the son of Seth the son of Adam the son of God.