The Baptism of Jesus

Matthew 3:13-17

Tunc venit Jesus a Galilæa in Jordanem ad Joannem, ut baptizaretur ab eo. Joannes autem prohibebat eum, dicens: Ego a te debeo baptizari, et tu venis ad me? Respondens autem Jesus, dixit ei: Sine modo: sic enim decet nos implere omnem justitiam. Tunc dimisit eum. Baptizatus autem Jesus, confestim ascendit de aqua, et ecce aperti sunt ei cæli: et vidit Spiritum Dei descendentem sicut columbam, et venientem super se. Et ecce vox de cælis dicens: Hic est Filius meus dilectus, in quo mihi complacui.

Then Jesus came to John from Galilee into Jordan, in order to be baptized by him. But John prohibited him, saying, “I ought to be baptized by you, and you come to me?” Jesus responded and said to him, “Suffer it for now. For it is proper for us to fulfill all justice.” Then Jesus sent him away. Jesus, having been baptized, rose immediately from the water, and behold the heavens were opened to him. And he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him. And behold a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.”


  1. sine — imperative singular of sinere (“to suffer”)
  2. confestim — immediately, suddenly
  3. columbam — dove
  4. dilectus — beloved

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