John 1:20

20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

Read John 1:20 Using Other Translations

And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”

What does John 1:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 1:20

And he confessed, and denied not
He freely, and without any reserve, declared, and in the plainest and strongest terms professed to the messengers before all the people, that he was not the Messiah; nor did he retract his confession, or draw in his words again, or drop any thing that looked doubtful or suspicious; but confessed, I am not the Christ:
he stood to it, and insisted on it, that he was not that illustrious person; nor had they any reason to entertain such an opinion of him; nor would he have them do so; they might assure themselves he was not Christ.

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