Matthew Chapter 3
1 In those days came John the Baptistpreaching in thewilderness of Judaea
2 And sayingRepent yefor the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet EsaiassayingThe voice of one crying in the wildernessPrepare yethe way of the Lordmake his paths straight.
4 And the same John had his raiment of camel s hairand aleathern girdle about his loinsand his meat was locusts andwild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalemand all Judaeaand all theregion round about Jordan
6 And were baptized of him in Jordanconfessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come tohis baptismhe said unto themO generation of viperswhohath warned you to flee from the wrath to come
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance
9 And think not to say within yourselvesWe have Abraham to ourfatherfor I say unto youthat God is able of these stonesto raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the treestherefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit ishewn downand cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentancebut he thatcometh after me is mightier than Iwhose shoes I am notworthy to bearhe shall baptize you with the Holy Ghostandwith fire
12 Whose fan is in his handand he will throughly purge hisfloorand gather his wheat into the garnerbut he will burnup the chaff with unquenchable fire.
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto Johnto bebaptized of him.
14 But John forbad himsayingI have need to be baptized oftheeand comest thou to me
15 And Jesus answering said unto himSuffer it to be so nowforthus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then hesuffered him.
16 And Jesuswhen he was baptizedwent up straightway out ofthe waterandlothe heavens were opened unto himand hesaw the Spirit of God descending like a doveand lightingupon him
17 And lo a voice from heavensayingThis is my beloved Soninwhom I am well pleased.