11 “I baptize you with[a] water for repentance.(A) But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with[b] the Holy Spirit(B) and fire.(C) 12 His 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.”(D)

The Baptism of Jesus(E)

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.(F) 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened,(G) and he saw the Spirit of God(H) descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven(I) said, “This is my Son,(J) whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”(K)

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness(L)

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[c](M) by the devil.(N) After fasting forty days and forty nights,(O) he was hungry. The tempter(P) came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God,(Q) tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[d](R)


  1. Matthew 3:11 Or in
  2. Matthew 3:11 Or in
  3. Matthew 4:1 The Greek for tempted can also mean tested.
  4. Matthew 4:4 Deut. 8:3