John 1:23
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New International Version
John 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.'"

New Living Translation
John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: "I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, Clear the way for the LORD's coming!'"

English Standard Version
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.”

Berean Study Bible
John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet: "I am a voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.'"

Berean Literal Bible
He was saying, "I am a voice crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,'" as Isaiah the prophet said.

New American Standard Bible
He said, "I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,' as Isaiah the prophet said."

King James Bible
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said, "I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord--just as Isaiah the prophet said."

International Standard Version
He replied, "I am '…a voice crying out in the wilderness, "Prepare the Lord's highway,"' as the prophet Isaiah said."

NET Bible
John said, "I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way for the Lord,' as Isaiah the prophet said."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He said: “I am the voice that cries in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of THE LORD JEHOVAH', just as that which Isaiah the Prophet said.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
John said, "I'm a voice crying out in the desert, 'Make the way for the Lord straight,' as the prophet Isaiah said."

New American Standard 1977
He said, “I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah.

King James 2000 Bible
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah.

American King James Version
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

American Standard Version
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said Isaiah the prophet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He said: I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaias.

Darby Bible Translation
He said, I [am] [the] voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the path of [the] Lord, as said Esaias the prophet.

English Revised Version
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said Isaiah the prophet.

Webster's Bible Translation
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah.

Weymouth New Testament
"I am the voice," he replied, "of one crying aloud, 'Make straight the Lord's way in the Desert,' fulfilling the words of the Prophet Isaiah."

World English Bible
He said, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as Isaiah the prophet said."

Young's Literal Translation
He said, 'I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord, as said Isaiah the prophet.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
The Mission of John the Baptist
22So they said to him “Who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet: “I am a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” 24Then the Pharisees who had been sent…
Cross References
Isaiah 40:3
A voice is calling, "Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.

Matthew 3:3
This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.'"

Mark 1:3
"A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.'"

Luke 3:4
as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord; make straight paths for Him.'

John 1:22
So they said to him "Who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"

John 1:24
Then the Pharisees who had been sent

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

He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

I am.

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

Matthew 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, …

Mark 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of …

Luke 1:16,17,76-79 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God…

Luke 3:4-6 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, …

as said.

Isaiah 40:3-5 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way …

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