3:1 But in those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea,
2 saying: Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of through Isaiah the prophet, saying: The voice of one crying in the wilderness. Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 But the same John had his clothing of camel’s hair, and a girdle of leather around his loins, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about the Jordan,
6 and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them: Brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
8 Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance,
9 and think not to say within yourselves: We have Abraham for a father; for I say to you that God is able of these stones to raise up children for Abraham.
10 And now the ax is lying at the root of the trees: every tree, therefore, that brings not forth good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you in water in order to repentance; but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry: he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire:
12 whose winnowing shovel is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor, and gather his grain into the granary; but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.
13 Then came Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
14 But he forbade him, saying: I have need to be baptized by thee, and comest thou to me?
15 But Jesus answered and said to him: Permit it now; for thus it becomes us to fulfill every righteous act. Then he permitted him.
16 And having been baptized, Jesus immediately went up from the water; and lo, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him.
17 And lo, a voice from the heavens, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.