Matthew Chapter Three


1 In those days John the Baptist came and preached

In the Judaean Desert, 2 and his theme

Was, “Turn away from sin and turn to God


For Heaven’s Kingdom has arrived.” 3 This is

The one of whom Isaiah prophesied:

“A voice calls in the wilderness, ‘Prepare


The highway for the Lord, and straighten paths

For him.’” 4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair;

He wore a leather belt around his waist;


His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 People

Went to him from Jerusalem and all

Judea and the Jordan district. 6 When


They had confessed their sins, he baptized them

Within the Jordan River, 7 but when he

Saw many Pharisees and Sadducees


Coming for baptism, he said to them:

“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee

The coming wrath? 8 Prove you have turned from sin


By doing worthy deeds, 9 and do not think

That you can get by, thinking, ‘Abraham’s

Our father.’ I tell you that God can make


Children for Abraham out of these stones.

10 The ax is poised at the root of the trees,

And every tree that fails to bear good fruit


Will be cut down and thrown into the fire

11 I baptize you with water for repentance,

But after me will come one who’s far greater


Than I, so great I am not worthy to

Carry his sandals, who will baptize you

With the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 He will


Separate chaff from grain, and burn the chaff

With never-ending fire, and store away

The grain.” 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee


Down to the Jordan to be baptized there

By John, 14 but John attempted to deter him, saying,

“I need for you to baptize me, yet do


You come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered, “Let

It be so now; it’s right for us to do

This to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John


Consented. 16 After he was baptized, Jesus

Went up out of the water. Suddenly

The heavens opened, and he saw the Spirit


baptism Jesus

“Baptism of Jesus”

By Joachim Patinir


Of God descend and light upon him like

A dove. 17 “This is my Son I love so dearly,”

A voice from heaven said, “with Him I’m pleased.”