In the midst of you standeth (meso umwn sthkei). Adjective as in James 19:18 , not en meswi umwn. Present active indicative of late verb sthkw from perfect stem esthka. John had already baptized Jesus and recognized him as the Messiah. Whom ye know not (on umei ouk oidate). This was the tragedy of the situation ( James 1:11 ). Apparently this startling declaration excited no further inquiry from the committee.