1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate
being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother
Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the
tetrarch of Abilene,
2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God
came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness
3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the
baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The
voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his
5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill
shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways
shall be made smooth;
6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
7 John did baptize in the wilderness(of Judea), and preach the
baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. saying, Repent ye: for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they
of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing
9 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to
his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to
flee from the wrath to come?
10 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin
not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you,
That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
11 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: every
tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into
12 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
13 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats,
let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do
14 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master,
what shall we do?
15 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is
16 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what
shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any
falsely; and be content with your wages.
17 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in
their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;
18 The same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern
girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
19 But Herod the tetrarch, being
reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philips wife, and
for all the evils which Herod had done,
20 Added yet
this above all, that he shut up John in prison.