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3:1 And in the fifteenth year of the government of Tiberius Caesar -- Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother, tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene --
3:2 Annas and Caiaphas being chief priests -- there came a word of God unto John the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness,
3:3 and he came to all the region round the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of reformation -- to remission of sins,
3:4 as it hath been written in the scroll of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, `A voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, straight make ye His paths;
3:5 every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straightness, and the rough become smooth ways;
3:6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'
3:7 Then said he to the multitudes coming forth to be baptised by him, `Brood of vipers! who did prompt you to flee from the coming wrath?
3:8 make, therefore, fruits worthy of the reformation, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have a father -- Abraham; for I say to you, that God is able out of these stones to raise children to Abraham;
3:9 and already also the axe unto the root of the trees is laid, every tree, therefore, not making good fruit is cut down, and to fire it is cast.'
3:10 And the multitudes were questioning him, saying, `What, then, shall we do?'
3:11 and he answering saith to them, `He having two coats -- let him impart to him having none, and he having victuals -- in like manner let him do.'
3:12 And there came also tax-gatherers to be baptised, and they said unto him, `Teacher, what shall we do?'
3:13 and he said unto them, `Exact no more than that directed you.'
3:14 And questioning him also were those warring, saying, `And we, what shall we do?' and he said unto them, `Do violence to no one, nor accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.'
3:15 And the people are looking forward, and all are reasoning in their hearts concerning John, whether or not he may be the Christ;
3:16 John answered, saying to all, `I indeed with water do baptise you, but he cometh who is mightier than I, of whom I am not worthy to loose the latchet of his sandals -- he shall baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire;
3:17 whose winnowing shovel `is' in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his floor, and will gather the wheat to his storehouse, and the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.'
3:18 And, therefore, indeed with many other things, exhorting, he was proclaiming good news to the people,
3:19 and Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him concerning Herodias the wife of Philip his brother, and concerning all the evils that Herod did,
3:20 added also this to all, that he shut up John in the prison.
3:21 And it came to pass, in all the people being baptised, Jesus also being baptised, and praying, the heaven was opened,
3:22 and the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily appearance, as if a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of heaven, saying, `Thou art My Son -- the Beloved, in thee I did delight.'
3:23 And Jesus himself was beginning to be about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, son of Joseph,
3:24 the `son' of Eli, the `son' of Matthat, the `son' of Levi, the `son' of Melchi, the `son' of Janna, the `son' of Joseph,
3:25 the `son' of Mattathias, the `son' of Amos, the `son' of Naum, the `son' of Esli,
3:26 the `son' of Naggai, the `son' of Maath, the `son' of Mattathias, the `son' of Semei, the `son' of Joseph, the `son' of Juda,
3:27 the `son' of Joanna, the `son' of Rhesa, the `son' of Zerubbabel, the `son' of Shealtiel,
3:28 the `son' of Neri, the `son' of Melchi, the `son' of Addi, the `son' of Cosam, the `son' of Elmodam, the `son' of Er,
3:29 the `son' of Jose, the `son' of Eliezer, the `son' of Jorim, the `son' of Matthat,
3:30 the `son' of Levi, the `son' of Simeon, the `son' of Juda, the `son' of Joseph, the `son' of Jonan, the `son' of Eliakim,
3:31 the `son' of Melea, the `son' of Mainan, the `son' of Mattatha, the `son' of Nathan,
3:32 the `son' of David, the `son' of Jesse, the `son' of Obed, the `son' of Booz, the `son' of Salmon, the `son' of Nahshon,
3:33 the `son' of Amminadab, the `son' of Aram, the `son' of Esrom, the `son' of Pharez,
3:34 the `son' of Judah, the `son' of Jacob, the `son' of Isaac, the `son' of Abraham, the `son' of Terah, the `son' of Nahor,
3:35 the `son' of Serug, the `son' of Reu, the `son' of Peleg, the `son' of Eber,
3:36 the `son' of Salah, the `son' of Cainan, the `son' of Arphaxad, the `son' of Shem, the `son' of Noah, the `son' of Lamech,
3:37 the `son' of Methuselah, the `son' of Enoch, the `son' of Jared, the `son' of Mahalaleel,
3:38 the `son' of Cainan, the `son' of Enos, the `son' of Seth, the `son' of Adam, the `son' of God.
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