F. His Inauguration
1 Now in the fifteenth year of the government of Tiberius aCaesar, while bPontius Pilate was cgovernor of Judea, and dHerod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
2 During the high priesthood of Annas and aCaiaphas, the word of God came to bJohn the son of Zachariah in the 1cwilderness.
3 And he came into all the region surrounding the Jordan, proclaiming a 1baptism of arepentance 2for bforgiveness of sins,
4 As it is written in the book of the words of aIsaiah the prophet, 1b"A voice of one crying in the wilderness, cPrepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths.
5 Every 1ravine shall be filled up, and every amountain and hill shall be leveled; and the bcrooked places shall become a straight way, and the rough ways smooth.
6 And all 1flesh shall see the 2asalvation of God.''
7 He said therefore to the crowds going out to be baptized by him, 1Offspring of avipers, who prompted you to flee from the coming bwrath?
8 Produce then fruits aworthy of your repentance, and do not begin to say within yourselves, We have bAbraham as our father; for I tell you that God is able out of these stones to 1raise up children to Abraham.
9 And already also the axe is laid at the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not produce agood fruit is cut down and cast into the 1fire.
10 And the crowds asked him, saying, aWhat then shall we do?
11 And he answered and said to them, He who has two 1atunics, let him share with the one who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.
12 And atax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, Teacher, what shall we do?
13 And he said to them, aExact nothing more than what you have been ordered to.
14 And some serving in the military also questioned him, saying, And we, what shall we do? And he said to them, Extort nothing from anyone by force, nor 1take anything by false accusation, and be content with your wages.
15 Now while the people were in 1expectation and all were reasoning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might possibly be the Christ,
16 John answered and said to all, I 1baptize you in awater, but He who is stronger than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He Himself will baptize you in the bHoly Spirit and fire,
17 Whose winnowing fan is in His hand to thoroughly cleanse His athreshing floor and to gather the wheat into His bbarn, but the chaff He will burn up with unquenchable 1cfire.
18 So, exhorting them with many other things also, he 1aannounced the gospel to the people.
19 But Herod the tetrarch, because he was reproved by him concerning aHerodias, his brother's wife, and concerning all the evil things which Herod did,
20 Added this also above all: he shut John up in aprison.
21 Now when all the people were baptized and as Jesus was 1abaptized and was praying, heaven was opened,
22 And the 1aHoly Spirit descended in bodily form as a dove upon Him. And a voice came out of heaven: You are My Son, the bBeloved; in You I have found My delight.
23 And He, Jesus, when He abegan to minister, was about 1thirty years old, being, 2so it was thought, the 3son of 4bJoseph, the son of Heli,
24 The son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,
25 The son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,
26 The son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,
27 The son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of 1aZerubbabel, the son of Salathiel, the son of Neri,
28 The son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,
29 The son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,
30 The son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,
31 The son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of 1aNathan, the son of bDavid,
32 The son of aJesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon,
33 The son of Aminadab, the son of Aram, the son of Hezron, the son of Pharez, the son of Judah,
34 The son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of aTerah, the son of Nahor,
35 The son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Sala,
36 The son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of aNoah, the son of Lamech,
37 The son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Maleleel, the son of Cainan,
38 The son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of 1Adam, the 2son of 3God.
1 And 1Jesus, full of the 2aHoly Spirit, returned from the bJordan and was led 3by the cSpirit in the dwilderness, while being tempted for forty days by the devil.
2 And He did not eat anything in those days, and when they were concluded, He became hungry.
3 And the devil said to Him, If You are the Son of God, speak to this stone that it become bread.
4 And Jesus answered him, It is written, a"Man shall not live on bread 1alone.''
5 And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said to Him, To You I will give all this aauthority and their glory, because to me it 1has been delivered, and to whomever I want I give it.
7 If You therefore worship before me, it shall all be Yours.
8 And Jesus answered and said to 1him, It is written, a"You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you 2serve.''
9 And he led Him into Jerusalem and set Him on the 1wing of the temple and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, cast Yourself down from here;
10 For it is written, a"To His angels He shall give charge concerning You to protect You,
11 And on their hands they shall bear You up, lest You strike Your foot against a stone.''
12 And Jesus answered and said to him, It is said, a"You shall not 1test the Lord your God.''
13 And when the devil had concluded every temptation, he went away from Him 1until an opportune time.