When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
beginning from the baptism of John until the day He was taken up from us-- from among these, it is necessary that one become a witness with us of His resurrection."
You know the events that took place throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John preached:
"Then with what [baptism] were you baptized?" he asked them. "With John's baptism," they replied.
Paul said, "John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people that they should believe in the One who would come after him, that is, in Jesus."
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Wilderness of Judea
and saying, "Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!"
For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!"
John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
Then [people from] Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were flocking to him,
and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.
When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the place of his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.
And don't presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones!
Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore every tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
"I baptize you with water for repentance, but the One who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to take off His sandals. He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way.
A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!"
John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.
John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.
He was preaching: "Someone more powerful than I will come after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of His sandals.
I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
And child, you will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, God's word came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness.
He went into all the vicinity of the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!
Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be made low; the crooked will become straight, the rough ways smooth,
and everyone will see the salvation of God."
He then said to the crowds who came out to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. And don't start saying to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones!
Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore every tree that doesn't produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."
"What then should we do?" the crowds were asking him.
He replied to them, "The one who has two shirts must share with someone who has none, and the one who has food must do the same."
Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?"
He told them, "Don't collect any more than what you have been authorized."
Some soldiers also questioned him: "What should we do?" He said to them, "Don't take money from anyone by force or false accusation; be satisfied with your wages."
Now the people were waiting expectantly, and all of them were debating in their minds whether John might be the Messiah.
John answered them all, "I baptize you with water, but One is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing shovel is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and gather the wheat into His barn, but the chaff He will burn up with a fire that never goes out."
Then, along with many other exhortations, he proclaimed good news to the people.
But Herod the tetrarch, being rebuked by him about Herodias, his brother's wife, and about all the evil things Herod had done,
added this to everything else-- he locked John up in prison.
There was a man named John who was sent from God.
He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.
(John testified concerning Him and exclaimed, "This was the One of whom I said, 'The One coming after me has surpassed me, because He existed before me.' ")
Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness,
for although the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God. The One and Only Son-- the One who is at the Father's side-- He has revealed Him.
Then a dispute arose between John's disciples and a Jew about purification.
So they came to John and told him, "Rabbi, the One you testified about, and who was with you across the Jordan, is baptizing-- and everyone is flocking to Him."
John responded, "No one can receive a single thing unless it's given to him from heaven.
You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Messiah, but I've been sent ahead of Him.'
He who has the bride is the groom. But the groom's friend, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the groom's voice. So this joy of mine is complete.
He must increase, but I must decrease."
The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth is earthly and speaks in earthly terms. The One who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what He has seen and heard, yet no one accepts His testimony.
The one who has accepted His testimony has affirmed that God is true.
For God sent Him, and He speaks God's words, since He gives the Spirit without measure.
The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands.
The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.
You have sent [messengers] to John, and he has testified to the truth.
I don't receive man's testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved.
John was a burning and shining lamp, and for a time you were willing to enjoy his light.
"But I have a greater testimony than John's because of the works that the Father has given Me to accomplish. These very works I am doing testify about Me that the Father has sent Me.