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Chapter 3

1In the fifteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod governor of Galilee, while his brother Philip was governor of the territory of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was the governor of Abilene, 2in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, a message from God came to Zechariah’s son John in the desert. 3And he went all through the Jordan Valley preaching repentance and baptism in order to obtain the forgiveness of sins, 4as the book of the sermons of the prophet Isaiah says,

“Hark! Someone is shouting in the desert,

Get the Lord’s way ready!

Make his paths straight.

5Every hollow must be filled up,

And every mountain and hill leveled.

What is crooked is to be made straight,

And the rough roads are to be made smooth,

6And all mankind is to see how God can save!”

7So he would say to the crowds that came out there to be baptized by him,

“You brood of snakes! Who warned you to fly from the wrath that is coming? 8Then produce fruit that will be consistent with your professed repentance! And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our forefather,’ for I tell you, God can produce descendants for Abraham right out of these stones! 9But the axe is already lying at the roots of the trees. Any tree that fails to produce good fruit is going to be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10The crowds would ask him,

“Then what ought we to do?”

11And he answered,

“The man who has two shirts must share with the man who has none, and the man who has food must do the same.”

12Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they said to him,

“Master, what ought we to do?”

13He said to them,

“Do not collect any more than you are authorized to.”

14And soldiers would ask him,

“And what ought we to do?”

He said to them,

“Do not extort money or make false charges against people, but be satisfied with your pay.”

15As all this aroused people’s expectations, and they were all wondering in their hearts whether John was the Christ, 16John said to them all,

“I am only baptizing you in water, but someone is coming who is stronger than I am, whose shoes I am not fit to untie. He will baptize you in the holy Spirit and in fire. 17He has his winnowing fork in his hand, to clean up his threshing-floor, and store his wheat in his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with inextinguishable fire.”

18So with many varied exhortations he would preach the good news to the people, 19but Herod the governor, whom he condemned because of Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the wicked things Herod had done, 20crowned them all by putting John in prison.

21Now when all the people were baptized and when Jesus also after his baptism was praying, heaven opened 22and the holy Spirit came down upon him in the material shape of a dove, and there came a voice from heaven,

“You are my Son, my Beloved! You are my Chosen!”

23Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his work. He was the son, it was supposed, of Joseph, the son of Eli, 24the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27the son of Johanan, the son of Resa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Salathiel, the son of Neri, 28the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29the son of Jesus, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30the son of Symeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon, 33the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35the son of Serug, the son of Ragau, the son of Peleg, the son of Heber, the son of Shelah, 36the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Maleleel, the son of Cainan, 38the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

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