In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice
of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his
In those days, John the Baptist preached in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is coming soon.
And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle
about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round
And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
The people came to confess their sins and be baptized by him in the Jordan River.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism,
he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from
the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
But when the Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized [1
], he said to them,
You generation of vipers! 
Who warned you to flee the wrath to come?
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for
I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto
Don't say to yourselves, "Abraham is our father."
God can make these stones into children of Abraham.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every
tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Every tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be cut down and cast into the fire.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but
he that cometh after
me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize
you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
I baptize you with water, but someone is coming who is mightier than me  will
baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and
gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with
He will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
Then Jesus came from Galilee to be baptized by John in the Jordan. [4
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and
comest thou to me?
John protested, saying,
I shouldn't baptize you; you should baptize me.
And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it
becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water:
and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am
No, go ahead and baptize me. It becomes us to fulfill all righteousness.
So Jesus was baptized by John.
When Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens opened up and he saw the Spirit of God descend upon him
like a dove.
And there was a voice from heaven saying,
This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased. 
- He saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism. (v.7)
Were the Pharisees baptized by John?
- He said to them, O generation of vipers. (v.7)
While insulting the Pharisees and Sadducees, John the Baptist calls an entire generation a "generation
of vipers." (Jesus also liked to use this term. See Mt 12:34)
- He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I
am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. (v.11)
Who is the greatest?
Did Jesus baptize anyone?
- Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. (v.13)
John has a good point in v.14. If Jesus is the sinless Son of God, then
shouldn't Jesus be baptizing John instead of the reverse? Isn't baptism supposed to forgive sins and be a sign of repentance?
If so, then why would Jesus need to be baptized? And what the heck is "it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness" supposed to
Did Jesus sin?
- This is my beloved son. (v.17)
How did God address Jesus at his baptism?
- In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- Christian Responses
- The Annotated Skeptic's Annotated Bible
- And was baptized of John in Jordan (Matthew 3)
- Matthew 3:7 - Look Out; There's A Snake In Your Robe!
- Matthew 3:14-15 - Jesus' Baptism: Why?
- Matthew 3:17 -
What Did the Voice Say?
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