1 And in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Kaisar, when Pontius Pilatus was governor of Yahuḏah, and Hĕrodĕs district ruler of Galil, and his brother Philippos district ruler of Yetur and the country of Traḵonitis, and Lusanias district ruler of Aḇilĕnĕ,
2 Ḥanan and Qayapha being kohenim ha’gadolim, the word of Elohim came to Yoḥanan the son of Zeḵaryah in the wilderness.
3 And he went into all the neighbourhood of the Yardĕn, proclaiming an immersion of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
4 as it has been written in the book of the words of Yeshayahu the naḇi, saying, “A voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, make His paths straight.
5 ‘Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough become smooth ways,
6 and all flesh shall see the deliverance of Elohim.’ ”
7 He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be immersed by him, “Brood of adders, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 “Therefore bear fruit worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Aḇraham as our father.’ For I say to you that Elohim is able to raise up children to Aḇraham from these stones.
9 “And even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 And the crowds asked him, saying, “What, then, shall we do?”
11 And answering He said to them, “Let him who has two undergarments share with him who has none, and let him who has food do likewise.”
12 And tax collectors also came to be immersed, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”
13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”
14 And soldiers also asked him, saying, ”And what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be satisfied with your pay.”
15 But as the people were in expectation, and all were reasoning in their hearts about Yoḥanan, whether he was ha’Mashiaḥ or not,
16 Yoḥanan answered, saying to them all, “I indeed immerse you in water, but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal straps I am not worthy to loosen. He shall immerse you in the Ruaḥ ha’Qodesh and fire.
17 “His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He shall thoroughly cleanse His threshing-floor, and gather the wheat into His storehouse, but the chaff He shall burn with unquenchable fire.”
18 And urging with many other words, he brought the Good News to the people.
19 And Hĕrodĕs the district ruler, being reproved by him concerning Hĕrodias his brother Philippos’ wife, and for all the wicked deeds which Hĕrodĕs did,
20 added this also to them all – he locked up Yoḥanan in prison.
21 And it came to be, when all the people were immersed, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤏 also being immersed, and praying, the shamayim was opened,
22 and the Ruaḥ ha’Qodesh descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from the shamayim saying, “You are My Bĕn, the Beloved, I delight in You.”
23 And when 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤏 Himself began, He was about thirty years of age, being, as reckoned by law, son of Yosĕph, of Ĕli,
24 of Mattithyahu, of Lĕwi, of Meleḵi, of Yanah, of Yosĕph,
25 of Mattithyahu, of Amots, of Naḥum, of Ḥesli, of Noḡah,
26 of Ma’ath, of Mattithyahu, of Shim’i, of Yosĕph, of Yahuḏah,
27 of Yoḥanan, of Rephayah of Zerubbabel, of She’alti’ĕl, of Nĕri,
28 of Meleḵi, of Addi, of Qesem, of Elmoḏam, of Ĕr,
29 of Yosĕph, of Eli’ezer, of Yorim, of Mattithyahu, of Lĕwi,
30 of Shim’on, of Yahuḏah, of Yosĕph, of Yonam, of Elyaqim,
31 of Melea, of Menna, of Mattattah, of Nathan, of Dawiḏ,
32 of Yishai, of Oḇĕḏ, of Bo’az, of Salmon, of Naosḥon,
33 of Amminaḏaḇ, of Ram, of Ḥetsron, of Perets, of Yahuḏah,
34 of Ya’aqoḇ of Yitsḥaq, of Aḇraham, of Teraḥ, of Naḥor,
35 of Seruḡ, of Re’u, of Peleḡ, of Ĕḇer,of Shĕlaḥ,
36 of Qĕynan, of Arpaḵshaḏ, of Shĕm, of Noaḥ, of Lemeḵ,
37 of Methushelaḥ, of Ḥanoḵ, of Yereḏ, of Mahalal’ĕl, of Qĕynan,
38 of Enosh, of Shĕth, of Aḏam, of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.