1And in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and the tetrarch of Galilee was Herod, and Philip his brother was tetrarch of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, [the] word of God came upon John, the son of Zachariah, in the wilderness. 3And he went into the whole countryside of Judea, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, 4as it had been written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
A voice of one who calls in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord,
make straight his beaten path.
5Every ravine will be filled,
and every mountain and hill will be leveled
and the crooked places will be straightened,
and the rough ways smoothed,
6and all flesh will see the salvation of God.