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John the Baptist Prepares the Way...
And in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Yehudah, and Herodes district ruler of Galil, and his brother Philip district ruler of Yetur and the country of Trachonitis, and Lusanias district ruler of Abilene,
Hanan and Qayapha being high priests, the word of Elohim came to Yohanan the son of Zekaryah in the wilderness.
And he went into all the neighbourhood of the Yarden, proclaiming an immersion of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it has been written in the book of the words of Yeshayahu the prophet, saying, 'A voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of YHWH, make His paths straight.
'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,
and all flesh shall see the deliverance of Elohim.''
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?
`Therefore bear fruit worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father.` For I say to you that Elohim is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
'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.'
And the crowds asked him, saying, 'What, then, shall we do?'
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.'
And tax collectors also came to be immersed, and said to him, 'Teacher, what shall we do?'
And he said to them, 'Collect no more than what is appointed for you.'
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.'
But as the people were in expectation, and all were reasoning in their hearts about Yohanan, whether he was the Messiah or not,
Yohanan 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 Set-apart Spirit and fire.
'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.'
And urging with many other words, he brought the Good News to the people.
And Herodes the district ruler, being reproved by him concerning Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the wicked deeds which Herodes did,
added this also to them all - he locked up Yohanan in prison.
The Baptism and Genealogy of Jesus...
And it came to be, when all the people were immersed, Yahushua also being immersed, and praying, the heaven was opened,
and the Set-apart Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven saying, 'You are My Son, the Beloved, in You I did delight.'
And when Yahushua Himself began, He was about thirty years of age, being, as reckoned by law, son of Yoseph, of Eli,
of Mattithyahu, of Lewi, of Meleki, of Yanah, of Yoseph,
of Mattithyahu, of Amots, of Nahum, of Hesli, of Nogah,
of Ma'ath, of Mattithyahu, of Shim'i, of Yoseph, of Yehudah,
of Yohanan, of Rephayah, of Zerubbabel, of She'alti'el, of Neri,
of Meleki, of Addi, of Qosam, of Elmodam, of Er,
of Yehoshua, of Eli'ezer, of Yorim, of Mattithyahu, of Lewi,
of Shim'on, of Yehudah, of Yoseph, of Yonam, of Elyaqim,
of Melea, of Menna, of Mattattah, of Nathan, of Dawid,
of Yishai, of Obed, of Bo'az, of Salmon, of Nahshon,
of Amminadab, of Ram, of Hetsron, of Perets, of Yehudah,
of Ya'aqob, of Yitshaq, of Abraham, of Terah, of Nahor,
of Serug, of Re'u, of Peleg, of Eber, of Shelah,
of Qeynan, of Arpakshad, of Shem, of Noah, of Lemek,
of Methushelah, of Hanok, of Yered, of Mahalalel, of Qeynan,
of Enosh, of Sheth, of Adam, of Elohim.