3:1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiber'i-us Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturae'a and Trachoni'tis, and Lysa'ni-as tetrarch of Abile'ne,
3:1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene,

3:2 in the high-priesthood of Annas and Ca'iaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechari'ah in the wilderness;
3:2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.

3:3 and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
3:3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,

3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
3:4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

3:5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
3:5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;

3:6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."
3:6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"

3:7 He said therefore to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
3:7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

3:8 Bear fruits that befit repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
3:8 Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

3:9 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
3:9 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."

3:10 And the multitudes asked him, "What then shall we do?"
3:10 And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?"

3:11 And he answered them, "He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise."
3:11 In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise."

3:12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?"
3:12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?"

3:13 And he said to them, "Collect no more than is appointed you."
3:13 He said to them, "Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you."

3:14 Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Rob no one by violence or by false accusation, and be content with your wages."
3:14 Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what should we do?" He said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages."

3:15 As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ,
3:15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah,

3:16 John answered them all, "I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
3:16 John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

3:17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
3:17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."

3:18 So, with many other exhortations, he preached good news to the people.
3:18 So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

3:19 But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Hero'di-as, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done,
3:19 But Herod the ruler, who had been rebuked by him because of Herodias, his brother's wife, and because of all the evil things that Herod had done,

3:20 added this to them all, that he shut up John in prison.
3:20 added to them all by shutting up John in prison.

3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened,
3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened,

3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased."
3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."

3:23 Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
3:23 Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his work. He was the son (as was thought) of Joseph son of Heli,

3:24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jan'na-i, the son of Joseph,
3:24 son of Matthat, son of Levi, son of Melchi, son of Jannai, son of Joseph,

3:25 the son of Mattathi'as, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Nag'ga-i,
3:25 son of Mattathias, son of Amos, son of Nahum, son of Esli, son of Naggai,

3:26 the son of Ma'ath, the son of Mattathi'as, the son of Sem'e-in, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,
3:26 son of Maath, son of Mattathias, son of Semein, son of Josech, son of Joda,

3:27 the son of Jo-an'an, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerub'babel, the son of She-al'ti-el, the son of Neri,
3:27 son of Joanan, son of Rhesa, son of Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, son of Neri,

3:28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elma'dam, the son of Er,
3:28 son of Melchi, son of Addi, son of Cosam, son of Elmadam, son of Er,

3:29 the son of Joshua, the son of Elie'zer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,
3:29 son of Joshua, son of Eliezer, son of Jorim, son of Matthat, son of Levi,

3:30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eli'akim,
3:30 son of Simeon, son of Judah, son of Joseph, son of Jonam, son of Eliakim,

3:31 the son of Me'le-a, the son of Menna, the son of Mat'tatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,
3:31 son of Melea, son of Menna, son of Mattatha, son of Nathan, son of David,

3:32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Bo'az, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon,
3:32 son of Jesse, son of Obed, son of Boaz, son of Sala, son of Nahshon,

3:33 the son of Ammin'adab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
3:33 son of Amminadab, son of Admin, son of Arni, son of Hezron, son of Perez, son of Judah,

3:34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,
3:34 son of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, son of Terah, son of Nahor,

3:35 the son of Serug, the son of Re'u, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,
3:35 son of Serug, son of Reu, son of Peleg, son of Eber, son of Shelah,

3:36 the son of Ca-i'nan, the son of Arphax'ad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,
3:36 son of Cainan, son of Arphaxad, son of Shem, son of Noah, son of Lamech,

3:37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Maha'lale-el, the son of Ca-i'nan,
3:37 son of Methuselah, son of Enoch, son of Jared, son of Mahalaleel, son of Cainan,

3:38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
3:38 son of Enos, son of Seth, son of Adam, son of God.