John 3:28
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New International Version
You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.'

New Living Translation
You yourselves know how plainly I told you, 'I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.'

English Standard Version
You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’

New American Standard Bible
"You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent ahead of Him.'

King James Bible
Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Messiah, but I've been sent ahead of Him.'

International Standard Version
You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, 'I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.'

NET Bible
You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but rather, 'I have been sent before him.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You are bearing me witness that I said I am not The Messiah, but I am the one sent before him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You are witnesses that I said, 'I'm not the Messiah, but I've been sent ahead of him.'

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye yourselves are my witnesses that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

King James 2000 Bible
You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

American King James Version
You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

American Standard Version
Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but, that I am sent before him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You yourselves do bear me witness, that I said, I am not Christ, but that I am sent before him.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye yourselves bear me witness that I said, I am not the Christ, but, that I am sent before him.

English Revised Version
Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but, that I am sent before him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye yourselves bear me testimony, that I said I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

Weymouth New Testament
You yourselves can bear witness to my having said, 'I am not the Christ,' but 'I am His appointed forerunner.'

World English Bible
You yourselves testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent before him.'

Young's Literal Translation
ye yourselves do testify to me that I said, I am not the Christ, but, that I am having been sent before him;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:22-36 John was fully satisfied with the place and work assigned him; but Jesus came on a more important work. He also knew that Jesus would increase in honour and influence, for of his government and peace there would be no end, while he himself would be less followed. John knew that Jesus came from heaven as the Son of God, while he was a sinful, mortal man, who could only speak about the more plain subjects of religion. The words of Jesus were the words of God; he had the Spirit, not by measure, as the prophets, but in all fulness. Everlasting life could only be had by faith in Him, and might be thus obtained; whereas all those, who believe not in the Son of God, cannot partake of salvation, but the wrath of God for ever rests upon them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - Ye yourselves (cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 for similar emphatic pronoun) bear me witness - you will do it readily, if I challenge you, for my testimonies were frequent and varied (in fact, the synoptists and the fourth evangelist are equally explicit here) - that I said, I am not the Messiah (John 1:20; Matthew 3:11, 12; Luke 3:15-17). This announcement, made with great publicity at Bethany, was the basis of the present remonstrance; and the words which follow strongly sustain John's reference to the Divine predestination in his own case and that of Jesus (ἀλλ ὅτι may point back to the discourse of John, or may simply indicate transition to the second statement). But that I am one sent (on a special mission) before him. He boldly implies, "This is more than I have already testified concerning 'the Christ;' and my place is not at his side, not following in his train. I am 'a voice;' my work is continuously to break up a way for him. I am here still, making the mountains low, and filling up the valleys for the approach of the great King." A man can receive nothing in the shape of lifework except that which is assigned to him out of heaven.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Ye yourselves bear me witness,.... In what they now said, and referred to, in describing Christ, as he to whom John bore witness; and he appeals to them for what he said in their presence, and before all the people in that testimony:

that I said I am not the Christ; see John 1:19; wherefore, if he, who is the Christ, is now come, and teaches, and baptizes, and has the greatest number of followers, it is not to be wondered at; and much less to be envied; but rather to be rejoiced at. For John, by repeating what he had before said, that he was not the Christ, suggests, that Jesus was; and therefore was superior to him in office, honour, and usefulness, who was only his harbinger and forerunner, as follows:

but I am sent before him; to prepare his way, to make straight his paths, to proclaim his coming, and kingdom, being at hand; and that the expectations of men may be raised, and they may be ready to receive him when come: and hereby the end of John's office, and ministry, had its accomplishment. The Ethiopic version adds, "to preach him".



John 3:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
John's Testimony Concerning Jesus
27John answered and said, "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. 28"You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent ahead of Him.' 29"He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. So this joy of mine has been made full.…
Cross References
John 1:20
He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Messiah."

John 1:23
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.'"
Treasury of Scripture

You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

I said.

John 1:20,25,27 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ…

but.

John 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight …

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

Malachi 4:4,5 Remember you the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him …

Matthew 3:3,11,12 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, …

Mark 1:2,3 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before …

Luke 1:16,17,76 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, …

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