6There was a man sent from God whose name was John.7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
19Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.20He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”21They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.”22Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”23John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ”24Now the Pharisees who had been sent25questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”26“I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know.27He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.