THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
John the Baptist preaches in Judaea—Jesus is baptized and the Father acclaims him as his Beloved Son.
those days came aJohn
the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet aEsaias
, saying, The bvoice
of one crying in the wilderness, cPrepare
ye the way of the Lord, make his dpaths
And the same John had his araiment
’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was clocusts
and wild honey.
Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
And were baptized of him in Jordan, aconfessing
¶ But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his abaptism
, he said unto them, O bgeneration
of vipers, who hath cwarned
you to flee from the wrath to dcome
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham ato our
father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which abringeth
not forth good fruit is bhewn
down, and cast into the fire.
you with water unto crepentance
: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not dworthy
to bear: he shall ebaptize
you with the Holy Ghost, and with ffire
Whose afan is
in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the bgarner
; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable cfire
¶ Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be abaptized
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
And Jesus, when he was abaptized
, went up bstraightway
out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the cSpirit
of God descending like a ddove
, and lighting upon him:
And lo a avoice
from heaven, saying, This is my bbeloved cSon
, in whom I am well pleased.