John 1:19-28 NIV

John the Baptist Denies Being the Christ

19 Now this was John's1 testimony when the Jews2 of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.

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20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ.a "3

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    • g 1:20 - Or "Messiah." "The Christ" (Greek) and "the Messiah" (Hebrew) both mean "the Anointed One"; also in verse 25.
      21 They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?"4 He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?"5 He answered, "No."

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      22 Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself ?"
      23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert,6 'Make straight the way for the Lord.' "b7

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        • h 1:23 - Isaiah 40:3
          24 Now some Pharisees who had been sent
          25 questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
          26 "I baptize withc water,"8 John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know.

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            • i 1:26 - Or "in"; also in verses 31 and 33
              27 He is the one who comes after me,9 the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."10

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                  28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan,11 where John was baptizing.

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