John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’ ”3:3 Isaiah 40:3
4John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
11“I baptize you with3:11 Or in water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with3:11 Or in the Holy Spirit and fire. 12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
The Baptism of Jesus
13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Osuboni Yohane Asɛnka
1Bere a Yesu ne nʼawofo wɔ Nasaret no, Osuboni Yohane bɛkaa asɛm wɔ Yudea sare so se, 2“Monsakra mo adwene; momfa mo ho mma Onyankopɔn na ɔsoro ahenni no abɛn” 3Yohane ne nea odiyifo Yesaia kaa ne ho asɛm se,
“Obi nne reteɛ mu wɔ sare so se,
‘Mommɔ kwan mma Awurade;
momma nʼatempɔn nteɛ!’ ”
4Saa bere no na Yohane fura yoma ho nwi ntama bɔ aboa nhoma abɔso. Na nʼaduan yɛ mmoadabi ne ɛwo. 5Yerusalemfo ne Yudeafo ne nnipa a wɔte Asubɔnten Yordan ho no nyinaa kɔɔ ne nkyɛn wɔ sare no so hɔ kotiee asɛm no bi. 6Wɔkaa wɔn bɔne ma ɔbɔɔ wɔn asu wɔ Asubɔnten Yordan mu.
7Yohane huu sɛ Farisifo ne Sadukifo pii reba ne nkyɛn ma wabɔ wɔn asu no, ɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Awɔ mma! Hena na ɔka kyerɛɛ mo se munguan mfi Onyankopɔn abufuw a ɛreba no ano? 8Monkɔbɔ ɔbra pa mfa nkyerɛ sɛ moasakra ampa. 9Na monnhoahoa mo ho sɛ moyɛ Abraham asefo, efisɛ Onyankopɔn betumi ama saa abo yi adan nnipa ma wɔabɛyɛ Abraham asefo. 10Onyankopɔn de nʼabonnua ato dua biara a ɛnsow aba pa ntin so sɛ ɔde betwa na ɔde agu gya mu ahyew no.
11“Me de, mede nsu na ɛrebɔ wɔn a wɔasakra wɔn su no asu. Nanso nea odi mʼakyi reba no de, ɔso sen me a ne mpaboa mpo mensɛ sɛ mikura. Ɔno de, sɛ ɔba a, ɔde Honhom Kronkron ne ogya na ɛbɛbɔ mo asu. 12Obehuhuw aburow no so ayiyi mu aba pa no afi ntɛtɛ no mu, na ɔde aba pa no akosie, na ɔde ogya a ennum da ahyew ntɛtɛ no pasaa.”
13Yesu tee Osuboni Yohane nka no, ofii Galilea baa Asubɔnten Yordan ho sɛ Yohane mmɔ no asu. 14Yohane huu sɛ ɔmfata sɛ ɔbɔ Yesu asu nti ɔkae se, “Wo na ɛsɛ sɛ wobɔ me asu na ɛnyɛ me.”
15Yesu nso ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Otwa ara na etwa sɛ wobɔ me asu sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a nea Onyankopɔn ahyɛ ato hɔ no bɛba mu.” Yesu asɛm a ɔkae no nti, Yohane bɔɔ no asu.
16Wɔbɔɔ Yesu asu wiei no, ofii asu no mu, na hwɛ, ɔsoro buei. Ohuu Onyankopɔn Honhom sɛ ɛresian ba ne so sɛ aborɔnoma. 17Ɛhɔ ara, nne bi fi ɔsoro kae se, “Oyi ne me Dɔba a ɔsɔ mʼani.”