John 1:20
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New International Version
He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Messiah."

New Living Translation
He came right out and said, "I am not the Messiah."

English Standard Version
He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”

Berean Study Bible
He did not refuse to confess, but openly declared, "I am not the Christ."

Berean Literal Bible
And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."

New American Standard Bible
And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."

King James Bible
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He did not refuse to answer, but he declared: "I am not the Messiah.""

International Standard Version
He spoke openly and, remaining true to himself, admitted, "I am not the Messiah."

NET Bible
He confessed--he did not deny but confessed--"I am not the Christ!"

New Heart English Bible
He confessed, and did not deny, but he confessed, "I am not the Messiah."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he confessed and did not deny and confessed: “I am not The Messiah.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
John didn't refuse to answer. He told them clearly, "I'm not the Messiah."

New American Standard 1977
And he confessed, and did not deny, and he confessed, “I am not the Christ.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he confessed and denied not, but confessed, I am not the Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

American King James Version
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

American Standard Version
And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he confessed, and did not deny: and he confessed: I am not the Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
And he acknowledged and denied not, and acknowledged, I am not the Christ.

English Revised Version
And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
He avowed--he did not conceal the truth, but avowed, "I am not the Christ."

World English Bible
He declared, and didn't deny, but he declared, "I am not the Christ."

Young's Literal Translation
and he confessed and did not deny, and confessed -- 'I am not the Christ.'
Study Bible
The Mission of John the Baptist
19And this was John’s testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He did not refuse to confess, but openly declared, “I am not the Christ.” 21“Who are you then?” they inquired. “Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.”…
Cross References
Luke 3:15
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John could be the Christ.

John 1:8
He himself was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

John 3:28
You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ, but am sent ahead of Him.'

Acts 13:25
As John was completing his course, he said, 'Who do you suppose I am? I am not that One. But He is coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.'
Treasury of Scripture

And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

John 3:28-36 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, …

Matthew 3:11,12 I indeed baptize you with water to repentance. but he that comes …

Mark 1:7,8 And preached, saying, There comes one mightier than I after me, the …

Luke 3:15-17 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their …

(20) Confessed, and denied not; but confessed.--Comp. for the style, Note on John 1:3.

I am not.--The better reading places the pronoun in the most emphatic position: "It is not I who am the Messiah." He understands their question, then, "Who art thou?" as expressing the general expectation, "Is it thou who art the Messiah?"

Verses 20, 21. -

(1) He deflates his own position, negatively. Verse 20. - And he confessed, and denied not. Perhaps the double form of statement, or rather the introduction of the clause, "he denied not," before the repetition of the confession with its contents, was adopted to indicate that John might have been tempted to "deny" that he was not the Christ. If he had hesitated at all, he would have denied the real Christ, the Son of God, who had been revealed to him by special means. I for my part - very emphatic - am not the Christ. This implies, not only that the supposition over which they are brooding is unfounded, not only that he is not the Christ, but that he knows more, and that he knows another to be the Christ. If this reading of the text is correct, the Baptist, by his negative reply, gave to the priests more than they asked. 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. 20. confessed, etc.—that is, While many were ready to hail him as the Christ, he neither gave the slightest ground for such views, nor the least entertainment to them.1:19-28 John disowns himself to be the Christ, who was now expected and waited for. He came in the spirit and power of Elias, but he was not the person of Elias. John was not that Prophet whom Moses said the Lord would raise up to them of their brethren, like unto him. He was not such a prophet as they expected, who would rescue them from the Romans. He gave such an account of himself, as might excite and awaken them to hearken to him. He baptized the people with water as a profession of repentance, and as an outward sign of the spiritual blessings to be conferred on them by the Messiah, who was in the midst of them, though they knew him not, and to whom he was unworthy to render the meanest service.
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