Bible: Luke 3:1-6

The Ministry of John the Baptist

3:1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, 1  when Pontius Pilate 2  was governor of Judea, and Herod 3  was tetrarch 4  of Galilee, and his brother Philip 5  was tetrarch of the region of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias 6  was tetrarch of Abilene, 3:2 during the high priesthood 7  of Annas and Caiaphas, the word 8  of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 9  3:3 He 10  went into all the region around the Jordan River, 11  preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 12 

3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

“The voice 13  of one shouting in the wilderness: 14 

‘Prepare the way for the Lord,

make 15  his paths straight.

3:5 Every valley will be filled, 16 

and every mountain and hill will be brought low,

and the crooked will be made straight,

and the rough ways will be made smooth,

3:6 and all humanity 17  will see the salvation of God.’ 18 

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