John 1:19-34 (New American Standard)

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The Testimony of John

19 This is 1the testimony of John, when 2the Jews sent to him priests and Levites 3from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" 20 And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, "4I am not athe Christ." 21 They asked him, "What then? Are you 5Elijah?" And he said, "I am not." "Are you 6the Prophet?" And he answered, "No." 22 Then they said to him, "Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?" 23 He said, "I am 7A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,' as Isaiah the prophet said." 24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, and said to him, "Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the bChrist, nor Elijah, nor 8the Prophet?" 26 John answered them saying, "9I baptize cin water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27 "It is 10He who comes after me, the 11thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie." 28 These things took place in Bethany 12beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, 13the Lamb of God who 14takes away the sin of the world! 30 "This is He on behalf of whom I said, '15After me comes a Man who dhas a higher rank than I, 16for He existed before me.' 31 "I did not recognize eHim, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing fin water." 32 John 17testified saying, "18I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 "I did not recognize gHim, but He who sent me to baptize hin water said to me, 'He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, 19this is the One who baptizes iin the Holy Spirit.' 34 "I myself have seen, and have testified that this is 20the Son of God."
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