Matthew: Chapter 03 (1534)

The Gospell of S. Mathew. The .iij. Chapter.

  1. In those dayes Jhon the Baptyst came and preached in the wildernes of Jury
  2. saynge; Repet the kyngdome of heue is at honde.
  3. This is he of whom it is spoken by the Prophet Esay which sayeth: The voyce of a cryer in wyldernes prepare the Lordes waye and make hys pathes strayght.
  4. This Jho had hys garmet of camels heer and a gerdell of a skynne aboute his loynes. Hys meate was locustes and wylde hony.
  5. The went oute to hym Jerusalem and all Jury and all ye regio roude aboute Jorda
  6. and were baptised of him in Jorda cofessynge their synnes.
  7. When he sawe many of ye Pharises and of ye Saduces come to hys baptim he sayde vnto the: O generacio of vipers who hath taught you to fle fro the vengeauce to come?
  8. Brynge forth therfore the frutes belongynge to repentauce.
  9. And se that ye ons thynke not to saye in your selues we haue Abraham to oure father. For I saye vnto you that God is able of these stones to rayse vp chyldern vnto Abraha.
  10. Euenowe is ye axe put vnto ye rote of ye trees: soo that every tree which bringeth not forthe goode frute is hewe doune and cast into ye fyre.
  11. I baptise you in water in toke of repentauce: but he ye cometh after me is myghtier then I whose shues I am not worthy to beare. He shall baptise you with ye holy gost and with fyre:
  12. which hath also his fan in his hod and will pourge his floure and gadre ye wheet into his garner and will burne ye chaffe with vnquecheable fyre
  13. Then cam Jesus from Galile to Jordan vnto Jhon to be baptised of hym.
  14. But Jhon forbade hym saynge: I ought to be baptysed of the: and comest thou to me?
  15. Jesus answered and sayd to hym: Let it be so now. For thus it becommeth vs to fulfyll all rightwesnes. Then he suffred hym.
  16. And Jesus assone as he was baptised came strayght out of ye water. And lo heue was ope over hym: and Jhon sawe the spirite of God descende lyke a doue and lyght vpon hym.
  17. And lo there came a voyce from heven sayng: Thys ys that my beloved sonne in whom is my delyte.
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