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hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor; and will gather the wheat into his garner, but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable."

And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people.

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan Miunto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade him, saying;


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"I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?"

And Jesus answering said unto him; “Suffer it to be so now; for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness."

Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. And, lo, a voice from heaven, saying; "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age.


Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into Mt. v. the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward a hungered. when the tempter came to him, he said; "If thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread."

But he answered and said; "It is written;

'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.'"

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple; and saith unto him; "If thou be the son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written; 'He shall give his angels charge concerning thee; and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against

a stone.""

Jesus said unto him; "It is written again; 'Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.'"

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and saith unto him;

"All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me."

Then saith Jesus unto him; "Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written; 'Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.'

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Then the devil leaveth him; and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

This is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem, to ask him; "Who art thou ?"

And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed; "I am not the Christ."

And they asked him; "What then? Art thou Elias?"

And he saith; "I am not."


"Art thou that prophet?"

And he answered; "No."

Then said they unto him; "Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us; what sayest thou of thyself?"

He said; "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness; 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as said the prophet Esaias."

And they which were sent were of the Pharisees; and they asked him, and said unto him; "Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet ?"

John answered them, saying; "I baptize with water; but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not, he it is, who coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose."

These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith; “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he, of whom I said; After me cometh a man which is preferred before me;' for he was before me. And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water." And John bare record, saying; "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not; but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me; Upon whom thou

shalt see the Spirit descending and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.' And I saw, and bare record, that this is the Son of God."

Again the next day after, John stood, and two of his disciples. And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith; "Behold the Lamb of God." And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them; "What seek ye ?"


They said unto him; Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?"

He saith unto them; "Come and see.”

They came and saw where he dwelt; and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him; "we have found the Messias; (which is, being interpreted, the Christ.) And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said; "Thou art Simon, the son of Jona; thou shalt be called Cephas;" (which is by interpretation, a stone.)

The day following Jesus would go forth. into Galilee; and findeth Philip, and saith unto him; "Follow me." Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathaniel, and saith unto him; "We have found him of whom Moses in the

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law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

And Nathaniel said unto him; "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?"

Philip saith unto him; "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathaniel coming to him, and saith of him; "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile."

Nathaniel saith unto him; "Whence knowest thou me ?"

Jesus answered and said unto him; "Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee."

Nathaniel answered and saith unto him; "6 Rabbi, thou art the son of God, thou art the king of Israel."

Jesus answered and said unto him; "Because I said unto thee; 'I saw thee under the fig tree,' believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these." And he saith saith unto him; "Verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there. And both Jesus was called and his disciples to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him; "They have no wine."

Jesus saith unto her; "Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come."

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