John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah

19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leadersa in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.
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    • c 1:19 - The Greek term traditionally translated "the Jews" ("hoi Ioudaioi" ) refers here and elsewhere in John’s Gospel to those Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus; also in 5:10, 15, 16; 7:1, 11, 13; 9:22; 18:14, 28, 36; 19:7, 12, 31, 38.
      20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”
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      21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” 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 wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ”b
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      24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent
      25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
      26 “I baptize withc water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know.
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        • e 1:26 - Or "in" ; also in verses 31 and 33 (twice)
          27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
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              28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
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              John Testifies About Jesus

              29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
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              30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’
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                • 46 1:30 - ver 15,27
                  31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
                  32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.
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                  33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
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                  34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”d
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                    • f 1:34 - See Isaiah 42:1; many manuscripts "is the Son of God" .