Matthew 3:14
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New International Version
But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"

New Living Translation
But John tried to talk him out of it. "I am the one who needs to be baptized by you," he said, "so why are you coming to me?"

English Standard Version
John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

Berean Study Bible
But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?"

Berean Literal Bible
But John was hindering Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?"

New American Standard Bible
But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?"

King James Bible
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But John tried to stop Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and yet You come to me?"

International Standard Version
But John tried to stop him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and are you coming to me?"

NET Bible
But John tried to prevent him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?"

New Heart English Bible
But John would have hindered him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Yohannan had refused and said to him, “I need to be baptized by you, and you have come to me?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But John tried to stop him and said, "I need to be baptized by you. Why are you coming to me?"

New American Standard 1977
But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But John resisted him much, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

King James 2000 Bible
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized by you, and come you to me?

American King James Version
But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of you, and come you to me?

American Standard Version
But John would have hindered him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But John stayed him, saying: I ought to be baptized by thee, and comest thou to me?

Darby Bible Translation
but John urgently forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptised of thee; and comest thou to me?

English Revised Version
But John would have hindered him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

Webster's Bible Translation
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized by thee, and comest thou to me?

Weymouth New Testament
John protested. "It is I," he said, "who have need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"

World English Bible
But John would have hindered him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?"

Young's Literal Translation
but John was forbidding him, saying, 'I have need by thee to be baptized -- and thou dost come unto me!'
Study Bible
The Baptism of Jesus
13At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” 15“Let it be so now,” Jesus replied. “It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness in this way.” Then John permitted Him.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:13
At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

Matthew 3:15
"Let it be so now," Jesus replied. "It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness in this way." Then John permitted Him.

Romans 1:13
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, how often I planned to come to you (but have been prevented from visiting until now), in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.

Hebrews 7:23
Now there have been many other priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office.
Treasury of Scripture

But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of you, and come you to me?

John.

Luke 1:43 And what is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

John 13:6-8 Then comes he to Simon Peter: and Peter said to him, Lord, do you …

I have.

John 1:16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.

John 3:3-7 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except …

Acts 1:5-8 For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with …

Romans 3:23,25 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…

Galatians 3:22,27-29 But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by …

Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son …

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(14) John forbad him.--Better, sought to hinder Him. Here again we have a question which we cannot fully answer. Did John thus forbid Him, as knowing Him to be the Christ? If so, how did that knowledge come? Had they known each other before, in youth or manhood? Or did a special inspiration reveal the character of Him who now drew near? The narrative of St. Matthew seems to imply such knowledge. On the other hand, the words of the Baptist in John 1:33 not only imply, but assert that he did not know Him till after the wonders of the Baptism. Probably, therefore, the sequence of facts was this: The Lord Jesus came to be baptised, as others did, though not, it would seem, with others. He confessed no sins. Look and tone, and words and silence alike spoke of a sinless and stainless life, such as even in approximate instances impresses us with something like awe in presence of the majesty of holiness. Recognising that holiness the Baptist spake as he did, "I have need to be baptised of Thee, to sit at Thy feet, learning lessons of purity and change of heart from Thee."

Verse 14. - Vers. 14 and 15 are peculiar to St. Matthew. But John. In John 1:31, 33 the Baptist says that he knew him not till the descent of the Holy Spirit; i.e. knew him not in his full Messianic character. Here, either by an involuntary and miraculous impression, psychologically due to the previous revelation he had received (cf. Meyer); or, as is on the whole more probable, from his previous knowledge, direct or indirect, of Jesus, he recognizes his superior sanctity. John's inmost thoughts must therefore have been somewhat as follows. "I have come to announce the advent of Messiah; here is One who is much holier than I; it may be that he is Messiah, but I have no certainty till the sign promised has been vouchsafed." Forbade; would have hindered (Revised Version), for διεκώλυεν, does not in itself imply speech. (For a similar imperfect of that which was not fully carried out, cf. Luke 1:59.) It is noticeable, though doubtless merely as a coincidence, that the strong compound word διακωλύω and βαπτίζομαι also occur together in Judith 12:7. I have need to be baptized of thee. Many see here a reference to the baptism of the Spirit and fire, mentioned in ver. 11. But the following clause, "and dost thou come to me?" implies that the baptisms are identical, viz. baptism by water. The sentence is equivalent to "I John, who myself administer the baptism of repentance, need to profess repentance myself, and ought rather, therefore, to receive such a baptism at thy hands, who art so far holier than I" (cf. further Weiss, 'Life,' 1:320). But John forbad him, saying,.... It appears from hence, that John knew Christ before he baptized him, and before he saw the Spirit descending and abiding on him, John 1:33 wherefore that was not a signal, whereby he should first know him but whereby his knowledge of him should be confirmed; which knowledge of him he had, not through his kindred to him, or by any conversation he had with him before, but by immediate, divine revelation: upon which account he "forbad him"; refused to administer the ordinance to him; earnestly entreated that he would not insist upon it; desired to be excused being concerned herein: and this he did, partly lest the people should think Christ was not so great a person as he had represented him to be; yea, that he was one of the penitent sinners John had admitted to his baptism; and chiefly because of the majesty and dignity of Christ's person, who he knew stood in no need of such an outward ordinance; and because of his own unworthiness to administer it to him, as is evident from what follows,

I have need to be baptized of thee; not with water baptism, which Christ never administered, but with the baptism of the Spirit, which was his peculiar office. Hence we learn, that though John was so holy a man, was filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother's womb, had such large measures of grace, and lived such an exemplary life and conversation; yet was far from thinking, that he was perfect and righteous in himself, but stood in need of Christ, and of more grace from him. He seems surprised that Christ should come to him, and make such a motion to him; when it was his duty and privilege to come to him daily for fresh supplies of grace, and always to trust in him for life and salvation;

and comest thou to me? who am of the earth, earthly, when thou art the Lord from heaven; "to me", a poor sinful creature, when thou art the Holy One of God; "to me", who am thy servant, when thou art Lord of all; "to me", who always stand in need of thy grace, when thou art God all sufficient. 14. But John forbade him—rather, "was (in the act of) hindering him," or "attempting to hinder him."

saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?—(How John came to recognize Him, when he says he knew Him not, see on [1217]John 1. 31-34.) The emphasis of this most remarkable speech lies all in the pronouns: "What! Shall the Master come for baptism to the servant—the sinless Saviour to a sinner?" That thus much is in the Baptist's words will be clearly seen if it be observed that he evidently regarded Jesus as Himself needing no purification but rather qualified to impart it to those who did. And do not all his other testimonies to Christ fully bear out this sense of the words? But it were a pity if, in the glory of this testimony to Christ, we should miss the beautiful spirit in which it was borne—"Lord, must I baptize Thee? Can I bring myself to do such a thing?"—reminding us of Peter's exclamation at the supper table, "Lord, dost Thou wash my feet?" while it has nothing of the false humility and presumption which dictated Peter's next speech. "Thou shalt never wash my feet" (Joh 13:6, 8).3:13-17 Christ's gracious condescensions are so surprising, that even the strongest believers at first can hardly believe them; so deep and mysterious, that even those who know his mind well, are apt to start objections against the will of Christ. And those who have much of the Spirit of God while here, see that they need to apply to Christ for more. Christ does not deny that John had need to be baptized of him, yet declares he will now be baptized of John. Christ is now in a state of humiliation. Our Lord Jesus looked upon it as well becoming him to fulfil all righteousness, to own every Divine institution, and to show his readiness to comply with all God's righteous precepts. In and through Christ, the heavens are opened to the children of men. This descent of the Spirit upon Christ, showed that he was endued with his sacred influences without measure. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. At Christ's baptism there was a manifestation of the three Persons in the sacred Trinity. The Father confirming the Son to be Mediator; the Son solemnly entering upon the work; the Holy Spirit descending on him, to be through his mediation communicated to his people. In Him our spiritual sacrifices are acceptable, for He is the altar that sanctifies every gift, 1Pe 2:5. Out of Christ, God is a consuming fire, but in Christ, a reconciled Father. This is the sum of the gospel, which we must by faith cheerfully embrace.
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