John preacheth: his office, life, and baptism.
Matthew 3:1 In those dayes Ihon the Baptyst came and preached in the wildernes of Iury, Matthew 3:2 saynge: Amede youre selues, the kyngdome of heuen is at honde. Matthew 3:3 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. Matthew 3:4 This Ihon had his garment of camels heer, and a lethre gerdell aboute his loynes. Hys meate was locustes and wylde hony. Matthew 3:5 Then went out to hym Ierusalem, and all Iury, and all the region rounde aboute Iordan, Matthew 3:6 and were baptised of him in Iordan, cofessynge their synnes.
He reprehendeth the Pharisees,
Matthew 3:7 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? Matthew 3:8 Bewarre, brynge forth due frutes of pennaunce. Matthew 3:9 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. Matthew 3:10 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. Matthew 3:11 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: Matthew 3:12 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.
and baptizeth Christ in Jordan.
Matthew 3:13 Then came Iesus from Galile to Iordan, vnto Ihon, to be baptised of hym. Matthew 3:14 But Iho forbade hym, saynge: I haue nede to be baptysed of the: and commest thou to me? Matthew 3:15 Iesus answered & sayd vnto hym: Let it be so now. For thus it be commeth vs to fulfyll all righteousnes. Then he suffred hym. Matthew 3:16 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. Matthew 3:17 And lo, there came a voyce fro heue sayng: Thys ys that my beloued sonne, in whom is my delyte.