And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, "1I am not athe Christ."
They asked him, "Whatthen? Are you 2Elijah?" And he said, "I am not." "Are you 3the Prophet?" And he answered, "No."
22Then they said to him, "Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you sayaboutyourself?"
He said, "I am 4A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKESTRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,' as Isaiah the prophetsaid."
24Now they had beensent from the Pharisees.
They asked him, and said to him, "Whythen are you baptizing, if you are not the bChrist, norElijah, nor5the Prophet?"
26Johnanswered them saying, "6I baptizecin water, but among you stands One whom you do not know.
"It is 7He who comesafter me, the 8thong of whosesandal I am not worthy to untie."
28Thesethingstookplace in Bethany9beyond the Jordan, whereJohn was baptizing.
The nextday he sawJesuscoming to him and said, "Behold, 10the Lamb of God who 11takesaway the sin of the world!
30"This is He on behalf of whom I said, '12After me comes a Manwhodhas a higherrank than I, 13for He existedbefore me.'