John 1:30
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New International Version
This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'

New Living Translation
He is the one I was talking about when I said, 'A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.'

English Standard Version
This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’

New American Standard Bible
"This is He on behalf of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'

King James Bible
This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is the One I told you about: 'After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me.'

International Standard Version
This is the one about whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks above me, because he existed before me.'

NET Bible
This is the one about whom I said, 'After me comes a man who is greater than I am, because he existed before me.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“This is The One of whom I said: 'After me a man is coming and he was himself before me because he had priority over me.'”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He is the one I spoke about when I said, 'A man who comes after me was before me because he existed before I did.'

Jubilee Bible 2000
This is he of whom I said, After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me.

King James 2000 Bible
This is he of whom I said, After me comes a man who is preferred before me: for he was before me.

American King James Version
This is he of whom I said, After me comes a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

American Standard Version
This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man who is become before me: for he was before me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
This is he, of whom I said: After me there cometh a man, who is preferred before me: because he was before me.

Darby Bible Translation
He it is of whom I said, A man comes after me who takes a place before me, because he *was* before me;

English Revised Version
This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is become before me: for he was before me.

Webster's Bible Translation
This is he of whom I said, after me cometh a man who is preferred before me; for he was before me.

Weymouth New Testament
This is He about whom I said, 'After me is to come One who has been put before me, because He was before me.'

World English Bible
This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me.'

Young's Literal Translation
this is he concerning whom I said, After me doth come a man, who hath come before me, because he was before me:
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:29-36 John saw Jesus coming to him, and pointed him out as the Lamb of God. The paschal lamb, in the shedding and sprinkling of its blood, the roasting and eating of its flesh, and all the other circumstances of the ordinance, represented the salvation of sinners by faith in Christ. And the lambs sacrificed every morning and evening, can only refer to Christ slain as a sacrifice to redeem us to God by his blood. John came as a preacher of repentance, yet he told his followers that they were to look for the pardon of their sins to Jesus only, and to his death. It agrees with God's glory to pardon all who depend on the atoning sacrifice of Christ. He takes away the sin of the world; purchases pardon for all that repent and believe the gospel. This encourages our faith; if Christ takes away the sin of the world, then why not my sin? He bore sin for us, and so bears it from us. God could have taken away sin, by taking away the sinner, as he took away the sin of the old world; but here is a way of doing away sin, yet sparing the sinner, by making his Son sin, that is, a sin-offering, for us. See Jesus taking away sin, and let that cause hatred of sin, and resolutions against it. Let us not hold that fast, which the Lamb of God came to take away. To confirm his testimony concerning Christ, John declares the appearance at his baptism, in which God himself bore witness to him. He saw and bare record that he is the Son of God. This is the end and object of John's testimony, that Jesus was the promised Messiah. John took every opportunity that offered to lead people to Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 30. - This is he on behalf of whom I said, After me cometh a man (ἀνήρ is used as a term of higher dignity than ἄνθρωπος, and is made more explicit by the positive appearance of the Holy One whom he had just recognized and pointed out to his disciples) who became before me - in human and other activities under the Old Testament covenant - because he was before me; in the deepest sense, having an eternal self-consciousness, a Divine pre-existence, apart from all his dealings and doings with man (see notes on vers. 15, 26, 27). If the shorter reading of vers. 26, 27 be correct, then the occasion on which this great utterance was first made is not described. If it be not expunged from vers. 26, 27, we may imagine that John is now referring to what he said on the previous day to the Sanhedrim. If internal reasons may help to decide a reading, I should be inclined, with Godet as against Meyer, to say that this is the obvious reference. Here, too, the ὅτι πρῶτός μου η΅ν is added as explanation of what was enigmatical in ver. 26. The whole saying has already found place in the prologue. The threefold citation reveals the profound impression which the words of the Baptist had made upon his most susceptible disciple.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

This is he, of whom it is said,.... Either the day before, as in John 1:27, or some time before that, John 1:15, when he first began to baptize, even before Christ came to be baptized by him, and before he personally knew him; see Matthew 3:11.

After me cometh a man; not a mere man, but the man God's fellow: and this is said, not because he was now a grown man, or to show the truth of his human nature; but seems to be a common Hebraism, and is all one as if it had been said, "after me cometh one", or a certain person: for the sense of this phrase, and what follows; see Gill on John 1:15.



John 1:30 Additional Commentaries
Context
Behold, the Lamb of God
29The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30"This is He on behalf of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.' 31"I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water."…
Cross References
Matthew 3:11
"I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

John 1:15
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, "This is the one I spoke about when I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'")

John 1:27
He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."

John 1:31
I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."

John 10:41
and many people came to him. They said, "Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true."
Treasury of Scripture

This is he of whom I said, After me comes a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

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John 1:15,27 John bore witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom …

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

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