Bible: John 1:19-34

The Testimony of John the Baptist

1:19 Now 1  this was 2  John’s 3  testimony 4  when the Jewish leaders 5  sent 6  priests and Levites from Jerusalem 7  to ask him, “Who are you? 8  1:20 He confessed – he did not deny but confessed – “I am not the Christ! 9  1:21 So they asked him, “Then who are you? 10  Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” 11  “Are you the Prophet?” 12  He answered, “No! 1:22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us 13  so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?

1:23 John 14  said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight 15  the way for the Lord,’ 16  as Isaiah the prophet said.” 1:24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 17 ) 18  1:25 So they asked John, 19 Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, 20  nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?

1:26 John answered them, 21 I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize, 22  1:27 who is coming after me. I am not worthy 23  to untie the strap 24  of his sandal! 1:28 These things happened in Bethany 25  across the Jordan River 26  where John was baptizing.

1:29 On the next day John 27  saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God 28  who takes away the sin of the world! 1:30 This is the one about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is greater than I am, 29  because he existed before me.’ 1:31 I did not recognize 30  him, but I came baptizing with water so that he could be revealed to Israel.” 31 

1:32 Then 32  John testified, 33 I saw the Spirit descending like a dove 34  from heaven, 35  and it remained on him. 36  1:33 And I did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 1:34 I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.” 37 

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