Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1*And in those days Yohannan The Baptizer came and was preaching in the desert of Judaea. 2And he said, "Return to God, the Kingdom of Heaven has come near."
3For this was he of whom it was said by Isaiah the Prophet, "A voice that cries in the desert, 'Prepare the way of THE LORD JEHOVAH and level his paths'."
4And this Yohannan had his garment of camel hair and wore a leather garment around his waist, and his food was locusts and honey of the field. 5Then Jerusalem and all Judaea were going out to him, and the whole region, which is around the Jordan. 6And they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River while confessing their sins.
7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and the Sadducees who came to be baptized, he said to them, "Offspring of vipers, who has instructed you to flee from the wrath that is coming"? 8"Produce therefore fruit that is fitting of repentance." 9"And do not think and say in yourselves, 'Abraham is our father', for I say to you, God can raise up from these stones children to Abraham." 10* "But behold, the axe is laid at the root of the tree; every tree, therefore, that has not produced good fruit is cut down and falls into the fire."
11"I am baptizing you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, for I am not worthy to pick up his sandals; he is to baptize you in The Spirit of Holiness and in fire." 12"For the winnowing fan is in his hand and he purges his threshing floor, and he gathers the wheat into his barns, and the chaff he will burn in fire that is not extinguished."
13Then Yeshua came from Galilee to the Jordan unto Yohannan to be baptized by him. 14But Yohannan had refused and said to him, "I need to be baptized by you, and you have come to me?" 15But Yeshua answered and said to him, "Allow this now, for it is proper for us to fulfill all justice", and then he allowed him. 16But when Yeshua was baptized, at once he came up from the water, and Heaven was opened unto him, and he saw The Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. 17And behold a voice from Heaven that said, "This is my Son, The Beloved, in whom I am delighted."