Matthew 3

Sawyer(i) 1 (3:1) AND in those days came John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2 Change your minds, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying; A voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 And this John had his clothes of camel's hair, and a leather girdle about his loins, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region about the Jordan, 6 and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 7 (3:2) And seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come for the baptism, he said to them; Offspring of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruit, therefore, worthy of a change of mind; 9 and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for a father; for I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham; 10 and already the axe lies at the root of the trees; every tree, therefore, which bears not good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. 11 I indeed baptize you with water to a change of mind; but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not fit to bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and fire; 12 whose winnowing shovel is in his hand, and he will thoroughly clean his threshing floor, and gather his wheat into the storehouse; but the chaff he will burn with an inextinguishable fire. 13 (3:3) Then came Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But, he refused him, saying, I have need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me? 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, Suffer me now; for thus, it becomes us to complete all righteousness. Then he suffered him; 16 and Jesus being baptized went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descend like a dove and come upon him. 17 And behold, a voice from the heavens, saying, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.