And this is the 1testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, 2"Who are you?"
203He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
And they asked him, "What then? 4Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not.""Are you 5the Prophet?" And he answered, "No."
So they said to him, "Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
He said, "I am 6the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Make straighta the way of the Lord,' as the prophet Isaiah said."
(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.)
They asked him, 7"Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
John answered them, 8"I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know,
even 9he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie."
These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, 10the Lamb of God, who 11takes away the sin 12of the world!
This is he of whom I said, 13'After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.'
I myself did not know him, but 14for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel."
And John 15bore witness: 16"I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and 17it remained on him.
I myself did not know him, but 18he who sent me to baptize 19with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, 20this is he who baptizes 21with the Holy Spirit.'
And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."