Matthew 3

Coverdale(i) 1 In those dayes Ihon the Baptyst came and preached in the wildernes of Iury, 2 saynge: Amede youre selues, the kyngdome of heuen is at honde. 3 This is he, of whom it is spoke by ye Prophet Esay, which sayeth: The voyce of a cryer in ye wyldernes, prepare the LORDES waye, and make his pathes straight. 4 This Ihon had his garment of camels heer, and a lethre gerdell aboute his loynes. Hys meate was locustes and wylde hony. 5 Then went out to hym Ierusalem, and all Iury, and all the region rounde aboute Iordan, 6 and were baptised of him in Iordan, cofessynge their synnes. 7 Now when he sawe many of the Pharises and of ye Saduces come to hys baptim, he sayde vnto them: ye generacio of vipers, who hath certified you, that ye shal escape ye vengeaunce to come? 8 Bewarre, brynge forth due frutes of pennaunce. 9 Thinke not now, to saye in your selues, we haue Abraham to oure father. For I saye vnto you, that God is able of these stones to rayse vp chyldren vnto Abraham. 10 Euen now is the axe put vnto ye rote of the trees: therfore euery tre which bringeth not forth good frute, shalbe hewe downe, and cast into the fyre. 11 I baptise you with water to repentaunce: but he that cometh after me, is myghtier the I, whose shues I am not worthy to beare. He shall baptise you with ye holy goost & wt fyre: 12 which hath also his fan in his hond, and will pourge his floore, and gadre the wheet into his garner, & will burne ye chaffe with vnquencheable fyre. 13 Then came Iesus from Galile to Iordan, vnto Ihon, to be baptised of hym. 14 But Iho forbade hym, saynge: I haue nede to be baptysed of the: and commest thou to me? 15 Iesus answered & sayd vnto hym: Let it be so now. For thus it be commeth vs to fulfyll all righteousnes. Then he suffred hym. 16 And Iesus assone as he was baptised, came straight out of the water. And lo, heue was ope ouer hym: and Ihon sawe the spirite of God descende lyke a doue, and lyght vpon hym. 17 And lo, there came a voyce fro heue sayng: Thys ys that my beloued sonne, in whom is my delyte.