John preacheth: his office, life, and baptism.
Matthew 3:1 In those dayes, came Iohn the Baptist, preachyng in the wyldernesse of Iurie, and saying. Matthew 3:2 Repent, for the kingdome of heauen is at hande. Matthew 3:3 For this is he, of whom it is spoken by the prophete Esayas, saying. The voyce of one crying in the wyldernesse: prepare ye the way of the Lorde, make his pathes strayght. Matthew 3:4 This Iohn had his rayment of Camels heere, and a girdle of a skynne about his loynes, his meate was locustes, and wylde hony. Matthew 3:5 Then went out to hym Hierusalem, and all Iurie, and all the region rounde about Iordane, Matthew 3:6 And were baptized of hym in Iordane, confessyng their sinnes.
He reprehendeth the Pharisees,
Matthew 3:7 But when he sawe many of the Pharisees, and Saducees come to his baptisme, he sayde vnto them. O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the anger to come? Matthew 3:8 Bryng foorth therefore fruites meete for repentaunce. Matthew 3:9 And be not of suche mynde, that ye woulde say within your selues, we haue Abraham to [our] father. For I say vnto you, that God is able, of these stones to rayse vp chyldren vnto Abraham. Matthew 3:10 Euen now is the axe also put vnto the roote of the trees: therefore, euery tree which bryngeth not foorth good fruite, is hewen downe, and cast into the fire. Matthew 3:11 I baptize you in water vnto repentaunce: But he that shall come after me, is mightier then I, whose shoes I am not worthy to beare, he shall baptize you with the holy ghost, and with fire. Matthew 3:12 Whose fanne is in his hande, and he wyll purge his floore, and gather his wheate into [his] garner: but wyl burne vp the chaffe with vnquencheable fire.
and baptizeth Christ in Jordan.
Matthew 3:13 Then commeth Iesus from Galilee to Iordane, vnto Iohn, to be baptized of hym. Matthew 3:14 But Iohn forbad hym, saying. I haue nede to be baptized of thee, and commest thou to me? Matthew 3:15 Iesus aunsweryng, sayde vnto hym: Suffer it to be so nowe. For thus it becommeth vs, to fulfyll all righteousnes. Then he suffred hym. Matthew 3:16 And Iesus, when he was baptized, came strayghtwaye out of the water, and loe the heauens was open vnto hym, and (Iohn) sawe the spirite of God descendyng lyke a doue, and lyghtyng vpon hym. Matthew 3:17 And loe, there (came) a voyce from the heauens, saying: This is my beloued sonne, in whom I am well pleased.