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Parallel Bible results for John 1:19-34

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John 1:19-34

ESV 19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" MSG 19 When Jews from Jerusalem sent a group of priests and officials to ask John who he was, he was completely honest. ESV 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ." MSG 20 He didn't evade the question. He told the plain truth: "I am not the Messiah." ESV 21 And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not.""Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No." MSG 21 They pressed him, "Who, then? Elijah?" "I am not." "The Prophet?" "No." ESV 22 So they said to him, "Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" MSG 22 Exasperated, they said, "Who, then? We need an answer for those who sent us. Tell us something - anything! - about yourself." ESV 23 He said, "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as the prophet Isaiah said." MSG 23 "I'm thunder in the desert: 'Make the road straight for God!' I'm doing what the prophet Isaiah preached." ESV 24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) MSG 24 Those sent to question him were from the Pharisee party. ESV 25 They asked him, "Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?" MSG 25 Now they had a question of their own: "If you're neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet, why do you baptize?" ESV 26 John answered them, "I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, MSG 26 John answered, "I only baptize using water. A person you don't recognize has taken his stand in your midst. ESV 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie." MSG 27 He comes after me, but he is not in second place to me. I'm not even worthy to hold his coat for him." ESV 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing. MSG 28 These conversations took place in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing at the time. ESV 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! MSG 29 The very next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, ESV 30 This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.' MSG 30 "Here he is, God's Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! This is the man I've been talking about, 'the One who comes after me but is really ahead of me.' ESV 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel." MSG 31 I knew nothing about who he was - only this: that my task has been to get Israel ready to recognize him as the God-Revealer. That is why I came here baptizing with water, giving you a good bath and scrubbing sins from your life so you can get a fresh start with God." ESV 32 And John bore witness: "I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. MSG 32 John clinched his witness with this: "I watched the Spirit, like a dove flying down out of the sky, making himself at home in him. ESV 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' MSG 33 I repeat, I know nothing about him except this: The One who authorized me to baptize with water told me, 'The One on whom you see the Spirit come down and stay, this One will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' ESV 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God." MSG 34 That's exactly what I saw happen, and I'm telling you, there's no question about it: This is the Son of God."

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