John 1:26
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New International Version
"I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know.

New Living Translation
John told them, "I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize.

English Standard Version
John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know,

Berean Study Bible
"I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands One you do not know.

Berean Literal Bible
John answered them saying, "I baptize with water, but in the midst of you stands One whom you do not know,

New American Standard Bible
John answered them saying, "I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know.

King James Bible
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I baptize with water," John answered them. "Someone stands among you, but you don't know Him.

International Standard Version
John answered them, "I am baptizing with water, but among you stands a man whom you do not know,

NET Bible
John answered them, "I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize,

New Heart English Bible
John answered them, saying, "I baptize in water, but among you stands one whom you do not know.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yohannan answered and said to them, “I am baptizing in water; but he is standing in your midst whom you do not know.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
John answered them, "I baptize with water. Someone you don't know is standing among you.

New American Standard 1977
John answered them saying, “I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know.

Jubilee Bible 2000
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water, but there stands one among you, whom ye know not;

King James 2000 Bible
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there stands one among you, whom you know not;

American King James Version
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there stands one among you, whom you know not;

American Standard Version
John answered them, saying, I baptize in water: in the midst of you standeth one whom ye know not,

Douay-Rheims Bible
John answered them, saying: I baptize with water; but there hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not.

Darby Bible Translation
John answered them saying, I baptise with water. In the midst of you stands, whom ye do not know,

English Revised Version
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: in the midst of you standeth one whom ye know not,

Webster's Bible Translation
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

Weymouth New Testament
"I baptize in water only," John answered, "but in your midst stands One whom you do not know--

World English Bible
John answered them, "I baptize in water, but among you stands one whom you don't know.

Young's Literal Translation
John answered them, saying, 'I baptize with water, but in midst of you he hath stood whom ye have not known, this one it is who is coming after me, who hath been before me,
Study Bible
The Mission of John the Baptist
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. 27He is the One who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”…
Cross References
Matthew 3:6
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Matthew 3:11
I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Mark 1:8
I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

Luke 3:16
John answered all of them: "I baptize you with water, but One more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Acts 1:5
For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

Acts 19:4
Paul explained: "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the One coming after him, that is, in Jesus."
Treasury of Scripture

John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there stands one among you, whom you know not;

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

Mark 1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with …

Luke 3:16 John answered, saying to them all, I indeed baptize you with water; …

Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with …

Acts 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed …

whom.

John 1:10,11 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world …

John 8:19 Then said they to him, Where is your Father? Jesus answered, You …

John 16:3 And these things will they do to you, because they have not known …

John 17:3,25 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

Malachi 3:1,2 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we …

(26) I baptize with water.--The passage of Ezekiel is probably present to the mind, with its contrast between water and spirit.

Verses 26, 27. - The answer is not very explicit. John answered them and said, I baptize with water; not as Messiah, or Elijah, or a resuscitated prophet, not as making proselytes to the faith of Abraham's sons, not as an Essene admitting the children of the kingdom to a close spiritual corporation, but because the Messiah has come. Some have laid great emphasis on the limitation which John assigns to his baptism. It is said he thus anticipated the contrast afterwards expressed between it and the Spirit baptism of Jesus. This is. however, reserved for a later utterance. The baptism with water inaugurated the Messianic kingdom, prepared the people to receive the Lord. If, then, Messiah were reasonably expected thus to create a fellowship of those, who, substituted this simple lustration for a cumbrous cycle of ceremonial purifications, John, as the "voice," the "herald," the "crier" in the wilderness, was justified in administering the rite. I baptize with water, seeing that there standeth in the midst of you one (whom you know not) who is coming after me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to loose. This standing in the very crowd before him of the Mightier than John, now being searched out as it were by the glances of the Baptist, and recognized by him as One over whom the heavens had opened, gave ample support to the Baptist in his baptismal functions. The One coming after John, i.e. "after," because of John's chronological precedence in showing himself to Israel, is yet of such lofty rank and mighty power that John is not fit in his own opinion to be his humblest slave. This solemn assurance justifies to the Sanhedrin the preparatory rite. This closes the first great testimony. Before proceeding to the second, the evangelist supplies a geographical hint, which up to the present day has not been satisfactorily interpreted. John answered them, saying, I baptize with water,.... Or in water, so the Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions render it. The sense of the answer is, that he indeed baptized persons in water, which was all that he could do, or pretended to do; and he owned, that this was a new rite, and that he was the administrator of a new ordinance; but he suggests, as may be supplied from Matthew 3:11 that there was one at hand, and even now among them, that should baptize, and so it is read in one of Stephens's copies here, in the Holy Ghost, and in fire; and it was by his authority, by a commission he had received from him, that he baptized in water; and that his speedy manifestation and appearance as the Messiah, which would be confirmed by his power of baptizing in the Holy Ghost, and by his ministry and miracles, would be a sufficient vindication of his conduct, and support him in his administration of water baptism:

but there standeth one among you; or "hath stood", as the Vulgate Latin version renders it; referring, not to his being among them at twelve years of age, but a few days ago when he came to John to be baptized, and was baptized by him; for from John 1:29 it is plain he was not now, or "today", as Nounus expresses it, standing in the midst of them. The Ethiopic version renders it, there is one about to stand among you, as he did the next day: though the meaning of the phrase may only be, that he was then in being, and dwelt somewhere among them, and not that he was personally present at that time:

whom ye know not; neither from whence he is, nor who he is, or what is his work and office; neither the dignity of his person, nor the end of his coming into the world, nor the nature of his business in it. 26. there standeth—This must have been spoken after the baptism of Christ, and possibly just after His temptation (see on [1759]Joh 1:29).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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