John preacheth: his office, life, and baptism.
Matthew 3:1 In those dayes Iohn þe Baptist came and preached in þe wyldernes of Iury Matthew 3:2 saying: Repent the kingdome of heauen is at hande. Matthew 3:3 This is he of whom it is spoken by the prophete Esaye which sayeth: The voice of a cryer in wildernes prepare the Lordes way and make his pathes, strayt. Matthew 3:4 This Ihon had his garmente of Camels hear & a girdel of a skinne about his loynes. His meate was locustes, & wilde honye. Matthew 3:5 Then went out to him Ierusalem & all Iurye, & all the region rounde about Iordan, Matthew 3:6 & were baptised of him in Iorden, confessing their sinnes.
He reprehendeth the Pharisees,
Matthew 3:7 When he sawe many of the Phariseis & of the Saduces come to his baptisme, he sayd vnto them: O generacion of vipers, who hath taught you to fle from the vengaunce to come? Matthew 3:8 Bringe forth therfore the frutes belonging to repentaunce. Matthew 3:9 And se that ye once thinke not to saye in your selues, we haue Abraham to our father. For I say vnto you, that God is able of these stones rayse vp children vnto Abraham. Matthew 3:10 Euen now is the axe put vnto þe rote of the trees: so þt euerye tre which bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewen doun & cast into þe fire. Matthew 3:11 I baptise you in water in token of repentaunce, but he that cometh after me is mightyer then I, whose shues I am not worthy to beare. He shal baptise you with the holy ghost and with fyre: Matthew 3:12 which hath also his fan in hys hande, and will purge his floure gather the wheat into his garner, & wyl burne the chaffe with vnquenciable fyre.
and baptizeth Christ in Jordan.
Matthew 3:13 Then came Iesus from Galylee to Iordane, vnto Ihon to be baptysed of him. Matthew 3:14 But Ihon forbad him sayinge: I oughte to be baptysed of the: and commest thou to me? Matthew 3:15 Iesus answered and sayd to hym: Let it be so nowe. For thus it becometh vs to fulfyll al righteousnes. Then he suffred him. Matthew 3:16 And Iesus as sone as he was baptysed came straight out of the water. And lo heauen was open ouer him: and Ihon sawe the spirite of God descende like a doue, and light vpon him. Matthew 3:17 And lo ther came a voice from heauen sayinge. This is my beloued sonne in whom is my delyte.