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

New Living Translation
I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel."

English Standard Version
I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”

Berean Study Bible
I myself did not know Him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that He might be revealed to Israel."

Berean Literal Bible
And I did not know Him. But so that He might be revealed to Israel, because of this, I came baptizing with water."

New American Standard Bible
"I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water."

King James Bible
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I didn't know Him, but I came baptizing with water so He might be revealed to Israel."

International Standard Version
I didn't recognize him, but I came baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel."

NET Bible
I did not recognize him, but I came baptizing with water so that he could be revealed to Israel."

New Heart English Bible
I did not know him, but for this reason I came baptizing in water: that he would be revealed to Israel."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And I did not know him, but so that he should be made known to Israel, therefore I have come to baptize in water.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I didn't know who he was. However, I came to baptize with water to show him to the people of Israel."

New American Standard 1977
“And I did not recognize Him, but in order that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

King James 2000 Bible
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

American King James Version
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

American Standard Version
And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel, for this cause came I baptizing in water.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I knew him not, but that he may be made manifest in Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

Darby Bible Translation
and I knew him not; but that he might be manifested to Israel, therefore have I come baptising with water.

English Revised Version
And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel, for this cause came I baptizing with water.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

Weymouth New Testament
I did not yet know Him; but that He may be openly shown to Israel is the reason why I have come baptizing in water."

World English Bible
I didn't know him, but for this reason I came baptizing in water: that he would be revealed to Israel."

Young's Literal Translation
and I knew him not, but, that he might be manifested to Israel, because of this I came with the water baptizing.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Jesus the Lamb of God
30This is He of whom I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’ 31I myself did not know Him, but the reason I came baptizing with water” was that He might be revealed to Israel. 32Then John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove and resting on Him.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:13
At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

John 1:30
This is He of whom I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.'

John 1:32
Then John testified, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove and resting on Him.
Treasury of Scripture

And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

I knew.

John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the …

Luke 1:80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts …

Luke 2:39-42 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the …

but.

John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all …

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

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

Malachi 4:2-5 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise …

Luke 1:17,76-79 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn …

therefore.

Matthew 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

Mark 1:3-5 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of …

Luke 3:3,4 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism …

Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John truly baptized with the baptism of repentance, …

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