Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1But in the 15th year of the Kingdom of Tiberiaus Caesar in the government of Pontius Pilate in Judea, when Herodus was the Tetrarch* in Galilee and Philippus his brother was Tetrarch in Ituria and in the region of Trakona, and Lusania was Tetrarch of Abilina, 2During The High Priesthood of Khanan and of Qaiapha, the word of God came upon Yohannan, son of Zakharia, in the wilderness. 3And he came into the whole region which is around the Jordan while he was preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
4Just as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the Prophet, which says*, "The voice which cries in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of THE LORD JEHOVAH and straighten in the plain* a road for our God.'
5'All the valleys will be filled and all the mountains and high places will be leveled and the rugged place will be smooth and the difficult region a plain,
6And everybody will see The Life* of God.'"
7And he said to the crowds who were coming to him to be baptized, "Offspring of Vipers! Who has instructed you to flee from the wrath that is coming?" 8"Produce therefore fruits worthy for repentance and do not start to say within yourselves, 'Abraham is our father', for I say to you that God can raise up from these stones children to Abraham." 9"But behold, the ax is laid on the root of the tree. Every tree therefore, which is not producing good fruit is cut down and falls into the fire."
10And the crowds were asking him and they were saying, "What, therefore, shall we do?" 11And he answered and he said to them, "Whoever has two coats, let him give to him who has not, and whoever has food should do likewise." 12And Tax Collectors came also to be baptized, and they were saying to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?" 13But he said to them, "Do not require anything on top of whatever is commanded you to require." 14And soldiers* were asking him and they were saying, "What shall we do* also?" He said to them, "Do harm to no man, do no injustice and let your wages be sufficient for you."
15But as the people had been thinking about Yohannan and they were all pondering in their hearts whether he were The Messiah, 16Yohannan answered and said to them, "Behold, I am baptizing you in water, but he comes after me, who is mightier than I, the straps of whose shoes I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you in The Spirit of Holiness and in fire," 17"He who holds a winnowing fan in his hand and purges his threshing floor; the wheat he gathers into his barns and the chaff he will burn in unquenched fire."
18Also he taught many other things, and he preached The Good News to the people. 19But Herodus the Tetrarch, because he had been reproved by Yohannan on the account of Herodia the wife of Philippus, his brother, and for all the evil that he had done, 20He added this to all these things and shut Yohannan in prison.
21It happened that when he had baptized all the people, he baptized Yeshua also, and as he prayed, the heavens were opened. 22And The Spirit of Holiness was descending upon him in the form of a body of a dove, and there was a voice from Heaven, which said, "You are My Son, The Beloved, in whom I am delighted."
23But Yeshua was about thirty years old, and he was considered the son of Yoseph, son of Heli *, 24Son of Matthat, son of Levi, son of Melki, son of Yannai, son of Yoseph, 25Son of Matatha, son of Amots, son of Nahum, son of Hesli, son of Naggai, 26Son of Maath, son of Matath, son of Shimei, son of Yoseph, son of Yehuda, 27Son of Yohannan, son of Resa, son of Zorobabel, son of Salathiel, son of Nari, 28Son of Melki, son of Addi, son of Qosam, son of Elmodad, son of Ayr, 29Son of Yose, son of Eliazar, son of Joram, son of Mathitha, son of Levi, 30Son of Shimeon, son of Yehuda, son of Yoseph, son of Yonam, son of Eliakim, 31Son of Melia, son of a Mainai, son of Matatha, son of Nathan, son of David, 32Son of Ashai, son of Obed, son of Boaz, son of Salmon, son of Nahshon, 33Son of Aminadab, son of Aram, son of Hetsron, son of Pharets, son of Yehuda, 34Son of Jaqob, son of Isaaq, son of Abraham, son of Terah, son of Nahor, 35Son of Serug, son of Arau, son of Phaleg, son of Eber, son of Shalah, 36Son of Qainan*, son of Arphakshar, son of Shaym, son of Noah, son of Lamek, 37Son of Methuselah, son of Enoch, son of Jared, son of Mehalaleil, son of Qainan, 38Son of Enosh, son of Shayth, son of Adam, who was from God.*