And this is the witness of John, when the Jews sent from Jerusalem priests and Levites that they might ask him, Thou, who art thou?
And he acknowledged and denied not, and acknowledged, I am not the Christ.
And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he says, I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered, No.
They said therefore to him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
He said, I [am] [the] voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the path of [the] Lord, a as said Esaias the prophet. b24
And they were sent from among the Pharisees.
And they asked him and said to him, Why baptisest thou then, if thou art not the Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet?
John answered them saying, I baptise with water. In the midst of you stands, c whom ye do not know,
he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to unloose.
These things took place in Bethany, across the Jordan, where John was baptising.
On the morrow he sees Jesus coming to him, and says, Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
He it is of whom I said, A man comes after me who takes a place before me, because he *was* before me;
and I knew him not; but that he might be manifested to Israel, therefore have I come baptising with water.
And John bore witness, saying, I beheld the Spirit descending as a dove from heaven, and it abode upon him.
And I knew him not; but he who sent me to baptise with water, *he* said to me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending and abiding on him, he it is who baptises with [the] Holy Spirit.
And I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.