In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of  Judea, and  Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and  Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and  Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. John went throughout the whole region of the  Jordan, proclaiming 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 desert:
“Prepare  the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every  valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made  low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the  rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of  God.”
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