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Home > Fathers of the Church > The Harmony of the Gospels (Augustine) > Book II, Chapter 13

The Harmony of the Gospels, Book II

Chapter 13. Of the Baptism of Jesus.

30. Matthew then continues his narrative in the following terms: Then comes Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade Him, saying, I have need to be baptized by You, and You come to me? And Jesus answering, said unto him, Suffer it to be so now; for thus it becomes us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered Him. The others also attest the fact that Jesus came to John. The three also mention that He was baptized. But they omit all mention of one circumstance recorded by Matthew, namely, that John addressed the Lord, or that the Lord made answer to John.

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Source. Translated by S.D.F. Salmond. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Vol. 6. Edited by Philip Schaff. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1888.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/1602213.htm>.

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