John 1:25
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New International Version
questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"

New Living Translation
asked him, "If you aren't the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?"

English Standard Version
They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

Berean Study Bible
asked him, "Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?"

Berean Literal Bible
and they asked him and said to him, "Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?"

New American Standard Bible
They asked him, and said to him, "Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"

King James Bible
And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they asked him, "Why then do you baptize if you aren't the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?""

International Standard Version
They asked him, "Why, then, are you baptizing if you are not the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?"

NET Bible
So they asked John, "Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"

New Heart English Bible
And they asked him, "Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they asked him and said to him, “Why therefore are you baptizing, if you are not The Messiah, nor Elijah, nor The Prophet?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They asked John, "Why do you baptize if you're not the Messiah or Elijah or the prophet?"

New American Standard 1977
And they asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they asked him and said unto him, Why dost thou baptize then if thou art not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?

King James 2000 Bible
And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptize you then, if you are not that Christ, nor Elijah, neither that prophet?

American King James Version
And they asked him, and said to him, Why baptize you then, if you be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

American Standard Version
And they asked him, and said unto him, Why then baptizest thou, if thou art not the Christ, neither Elijah, neither the prophet?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they asked him, and said to him: Why then dost thou baptize, if thou be not Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet?

Darby Bible Translation
And they asked him and said to him, Why baptisest thou then, if thou art not the Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet?

English Revised Version
And they asked him, and said unto him, Why then baptizest thou, if thou art not the Christ, neither Elijah, neither the prophet?

Webster's Bible Translation
And they asked him, and said to him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou art not that Christ, nor Elijah, neither that prophet?

Weymouth New Testament
Again they questioned him. "Why then do you baptize," they said, "if you are neither the Christ nor Elijah nor the Prophet?"

World English Bible
They asked him, "Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?"

Young's Literal Translation
and they questioned him and said to him, 'Why, then, dost thou baptize, if thou art not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor 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
24Then the Pharisees who had been sent 25asked him, “Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” 26“I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands One you do not know.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 18:15
"The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.

Deuteronomy 18:18
'I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

Matthew 3:6
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Matthew 21:11
The crowds replied, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."

John 1:21
"Who are you then?" they inquired. "Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" He answered, "No."

John 1:24
Then the Pharisees who had been sent
Treasury of Scripture

And they asked him, and said to him, Why baptize you then, if you be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

Why.

Matthew 21:23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders …

Acts 4:5-7 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes…

Acts 5:28 Saying, Did not we straightly command you that you should not teach …

that Christ.

John 1:20-22 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ…

Daniel 9:24-26 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

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