King James VersionMatthew3


1 In those days came John the Bap­tist, preach­ing in the wilder­ness of Ju­daea, 2 And say­ing, Re­pent ye: for the king­dom of heav­en is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spo­ken of by the prophet Esa­ias, say­ing, The voice of one cry­ing in the wilder­ness, Pre­pare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 And 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. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Ju­daea, and all the re­gion round about Jor­dan, 6 And were bap­tized of him in Jor­dan, con­fess­ing their sins. 7 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? 8 Bring forth there­fore fruits meet for re­pen­tance: 9 And think 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. 10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: there­fore ev­ery tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 11 I in­deed bap­tize you with wa­ter unto re­pen­tance: but he that cometh af­ter me is might­i­er than I, whose shoes I am not wor­thy to bear: he shall bap­tize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will through­ly purge his floor, and gath­er his wheat into the gar­ner; but he will burn up the chaff with un­quench­able fire. 13 Then cometh Je­sus from Galilee to Jor­dan unto John, to be bap­tized of him. 14 But John for­bad him, say­ing, I have need to be bap­tized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15 And Je­sus an­swer­ing said unto him, Suf­fer it to be so now: for thus it be­cometh us to ful­fil all righ­teous­ness. Then he suf­fered him. 16 And Je­sus, when he was bap­tized, went up straight­way out of the wa­ter: and, lo, the heav­ens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spir­it of God de­scend­ing like a dove, and light­ing upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heav­en, say­ing, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.