John 1:19-28 NLT

19 This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistantsa from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?”

References for John 1:19

    • 1:19 - Greek and Levites.
      20 He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”
      21 “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?” “No,” he replied. “Are you the Prophet we are expecting?”b “No.”

      References for John 1:21

        • 1:21 - Greek Are you the Prophet? See Deut 18:15, 18; Mal 4:5-6 .
          22 “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”
          23 John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way for the ’s coming!’”c

          References for John 1:23

            • 1:23 - Isa 40:3 .
              24 Then the Pharisees who had been sent
              25 asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?”
              26 John told them, “I baptize withd water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize.

              References for John 1:26

                • 1:26 - Or in; also in 1:31, 33 .
                  27 Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.”
                  28 This encounter took place in Bethany, an area east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.