John 1:30

30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’

Read John 1:30 Using Other Translations

This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.'
He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’

What does John 1:30 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 1:30

This is he, of whom it is said
Either the day before, as in ( John 1:27 ) , or some time before that, ( John 1:15 ) , when he first began to baptize, even before Christ came to be baptized by him, and before he personally knew him; see ( Matthew 3:11 Matthew 3:13 ) .

After me cometh a man;
not a mere man, but the man God's fellow: and this is said, not because he was now a grown man, or to show the truth of his human nature; but seems to be a common Hebraism, and is all one as if it had been said, "after me cometh one", or a certain person: for the sense of this phrase, and what follows, (See Gill on John 1:15).

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